Manual of Lunacy: A Handbook Relating to the Legal Care and Treatment of the Insane in the Public and Private Asylums of Great Britain, Ireland, Unite
By: Lyttleton Stewart Forbes Winslow (author), Forbes Winslow (preface_author)Paperback
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A controversial psychiatrist, Lyttleton Stewart Forbes Winslow (1844-1913) grew up around the lunatic asylums run by his father, Forbes B. Winslow, who was a specialist in the treatment of mental illness, establishing also medical grounds for the plea of insanity in criminal defence. Lyttleton spent much of his own medical career attempting to show the courts that crime and alcoholism were linked to mental illness, though he later gained notoriety for his amateur detective work: he claimed to know the identity of Jack the Ripper. Published in 1874, this book examines, often through case descriptions, the legal framework within which the mentally ill were managed, and comparisons are made with the status quo elsewhere in the world. It is an enlightening but often disturbing insight into the institutional treatment of mental illness in the late nineteenth century.
Preface; 1. History of lunacy legislation; 2. Present state of lunacy in England and Wales; 3. Epitome of the Lunacy Act; 4. On the management of asylums and licensed houses; 5. Private patients; 6. Single patients confined in unlicensed private houses; 7. Pauper lunatics; 8. Commissions in lunacy and chancery lunatics; 9. St Luke's and Bethlehem hospitals for lunatics; 10. Liabilities incurred by those concerned in the confinement of persons alleged to be insane; 11. Lunacy in Scotland; 12. Lunacy in Ireland; 13. Lunacy in France; 14. Lunacy in Belgium; 15. Lunacy in Germany; 16. Lunacy in the United States of America; 17. Lunacy in Russia; 18. Recent lunacy statistics and instructions; 19. Definitions and explanation of terms; Appendices; Index.
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