Biennial Report Volume 3

Biennial Report Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...However, as a result of the general upheaval and overturning which followed the revolution in France, an opportunity came for a demonstration that the insane were human and amenable to the same influences that affected the conduct of the sane. Almost simultaneously, in England, an effort was made by a member of a certain religious body to carry out in the care of the insane the tenets of his religious belief, and follow the precedent laid down in the new testament, substituting quiet, cheerful surroundings, and active personal care, for the lash, ducking stool and chains. The precedent established in England by the founding of York Retreat by the Society of Friends, through William Tuke, led to the establishment of other institutions using similar methods, and the influence of the teachings of Pinel and Esquirol, as well as the closer personal supervision of the daily life of the insane, which resulted from this change of method, led to the recognition of the fact that the bodily condition of the insane man influenced his mental state; and, consequently, physicians began to be called upon to attend to the bodily ills of the patient. There had been no real change, however, in the conception of what was constituted in insanity, and the body and mind were still considered to be separate entities, possibly co-ordinate in action, but independent. Consequently, while steady progress was made in the amelioration of the conditions surrounding the insane man, and his clothing, housing and feeding were given more intelligent consideration, no effort was made toward the clinical study of the physical conditions present in insanity, nor were those incidentally observed in the study and care of the mental disturbance correlated with the varying...show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236571010
  • 9781236571014