Social History of Medicine publishes Rob Ellis and Vicky Long on the History of Psychiatry

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4.coverThe recent Social History of Medicine’s edition contains not one but two articles on the History of Psychiatry.

First there is Robert Ellis‘ “A constant irritation to the townspeople’? Local, Regional and National Politics and London’s County Asylums at Epsom”.

The abstract reads:

In 1908, The Times described London County Council’s asylums near Epsom as ‘a constant irritation to the townspeople’. The article was specifically concerned with the patient walking parties that made their way into the town. This, and references to the site of the asylum, focused on the sense of imposition as local residents were forced to contend with London’s insane population. As the ‘townspeople’ negotiated the impact of the asylums, the Urban District Council and Lord Rosebery, a former Prime Minister, were to play central roles. The aim of this article is to uncover the motivations of the Council and Rosebery and the roles that first the…

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