Download e-book for kindle: A Mad People’s History of Madness by Dale Peterson

By Dale Peterson

A guy desperately attempts to maintain his pact with the satan, a girl is imprisoned in an insane asylum through her husband due to spiritual variations, and, at the testimony of an insignificant stranger, “a London citizen” is sentenced to a personal madhouse. This anthology of writings via mad and allegedly mad humans is a entire evaluation of the historical past of psychological disease for the prior years-from the point of view of the sufferers themselves.

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Lord, Thou hast said before that Thou shouldst never forsake me. " And anon, came her good angel unto her, saying:"Daughter, God hath not forsaken thee, and never shall forsake thee, as He hath promised thee; but, because thou believest not that it is the spirit of God that speaketh in thy soul, 18 MARGERY KEMPE and sheweth thee His privy counsels, of some that shall be saved and some that shall be damned, therefore God chastiseth thee in this wise and manner. " Then she said to her angel:-uAh!

There were also probably added means of mechanical restraint-chains, leg locks, and wrist locks-in case of violent or potentially violent patients. Smaller rooms, sometimes outhouses and stables, might have been converted into locked cells for patients who needed to be alone or who wanted to leave. There was money in madness, and the managers of these institutions presented themselves and their houses with no little flamboyance. James Newton converted an old London manor house into a madhouse and in an advertisement printed in the late seventeenth century made the following claims: Tuke, Chapters in the History of the Insane, pp.

Well! when I was brought safe home, I was fit for nothing but the Bed. Just as I was going, I ask'd my Mother's Blessing, and fell upon my Face, not being able to stand; and thus leaving my Mother sad and griev'd, I was carried to my Bed, more like an Hog than a Man. I slept 'till the Morning, a Serving-man lying with me; who rising about Five of the Clock left me well in Body and compos'd in Mind, and I talk'd with him as I had been wont to do: But I was not willing to rise so early, therefore lay still, and slept an Hour or two more.

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