"Private Worlds and Public Asylums: A Study of two Welsh Mental Hospitals"

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Dr Pamela Michael (Honorary Senior Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Bangor University)

"Private Worlds and Public Asylums: A Study of two Welsh Mental Hospitals"

[45min35]

 

Centre for Health, Medicine and Society at Oxford Brookes University, 29 October 2013

 

This is the third paper of the Autumn 2013 History of Medicine Seminar Series on "The Personal and the Public: Perspectives on the Social History of Health and Medicine" funded by the Centre's Wellcome Trust Strategic Award.

 

Abstract: This session will provide a brief introduction to some recent approaches to the history of asylum care during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, focusing mainly on the U.K. It will also consider the impact of the 1930 Mental Treatment Act and changing approaches to mental health care during the inter-war years.  The availability and importance of different types of archival source materials will be considered.  Then the paper will look at the biographies of around six members of staff employed at the North Wales Counties Mental Hospital and the Cardiff City Mental Hospital during the nineteen-twenties and nineteen-thirties, and will then compare and contrast these institutions and consider what can be learned from taking a biographical approach to the study of institutional psychiatry in the U.K.  Finally this paper will consider the influence of Alfred Adler on British psychiatry and introduce the novel 'Private Worlds' written by his biographer, Phyllis Bottome, which was based upon the experiences of her friend Dr Muriel Northcote, who worked as an assistant medical officer at Cardiff City Mental Hospital during the 1930s.

 

Podcasts in this Seminar Series:

Prof Alfons Labisch (Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf):

"Social History of Medicine Today: A Classic Approach in the Aftermath of the Turns." 1 October 2013  [38min06]

Dr Paul Watkins(Oxford Brookes University):

"European Veterinary Refugees 1933-1950: From Despair to Diplomas" 15 October 2013 [39min30]

Dr Pamela Michael(Honorary Senior Research Fellow, School of Social Sciences, Bangor University):

"Private Worlds and Public Asylums: A Study of two Welsh Mental Hospitals." 29 October 2013 [45min35]

Prof Ludmilla Jordanova(Professor of History and Visual Culture, University of Durham):

"Intimacy and Display in ‘Medical’ Portraits." 26 November 2013 [41min15]

Dr Roberta Bivins(Director, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick):

"‘Slummy Foreign Germs’? Politics, Medicine and Postcolonial Migration." 10 December 2013 [45min34]

 

 

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