New PDF release: A Mad People’s History of Madness

By Dale Peterson

ISBN-10: 0822934442

ISBN-13: 9780822934448

A guy desperately attempts to maintain his pact with the satan, a lady is imprisoned in an insane asylum through her husband due to non secular adjustments, and, at the testimony of an insignificant stranger, “a London citizen” is sentenced to a personal madhouse. This anthology of writings through mad and allegedly mad humans is a entire evaluate of the heritage of psychological sickness for the prior years-from the perspective of the sufferers themselves.

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39 40 ALEXANDER CRUDEN the very best, haphazard. In 1811 the English reformer William Tuke recorded in a diary his observations of the facilities for madwomen in one particular workhouse. He saw several women locked in small wooden cells, with no heat, the ventilation and light provided only by an open iron grate in the door. Their beds were merely wooden platforms. Although the weather was very cold-the temperature had dropped to sixteen degrees below freezing the night before-the women were naked.

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. I then waking, and being alone in the Chamber, fancy'd I heard some The Life of the Reverend Mr.

0 fearful! 0 dreadful! and the like. At last, by God's good Providence, we were brought safely to the Physician's House. Methought all about me were Devils, and he was Beelzebub. I was taken off my Horse, and expected immediately to be cast into intolerable Flames and Burnings, which seem'd to be before mine Eyes. The Carrying me into the House, and into an Inner and an Under Room appointed for my Lodgings, I thought to be a Casting me into Utter Darkness. Here I was committed to a Person who came to be my Guardian, to watch me, that I might not destroy my self.

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