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Author Wise, Sarah.
Title Inconvenient people : lunacy, liberty, and the mad-doctors in England / Sarah Wise.
Imprint Berkeley, Calif. : Counterpoint, 2013.

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Description 1 online resource (xxii, 473 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (pages 439-447) and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
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Subject Mentally ill -- Commitment and detention -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Insanity (Law) -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Psychiatry -- Great Britain -- Methodology -- History -- 19th century.
Psychiatric hospitals -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
Psychiatric hospital patients -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
London (England) -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
England -- London.
Great Britain.
1800-1899
Genre History.
Contents 1. Being "burrowsed" -- 2. The attorney-general of all Her Majesty's madmen -- 3. The Alleged Lunatics' Friend Society -- 4. "Oh hail, holy love!" -- 5. "If I had been poor, they would have left me alone" -- 6. "Gaskell is single-patient hunting" -- 7. The woman in yellow -- 8. Juries in revolt -- 9. Dialoguing with the unseen -- 10. "Be sure you don't fall, Georgie!" -- Epilogue: The savage new century.
Summary The phenomenon of false allegations of mental illness is as old as our first interactions as human beings. Every one of us has described some other person as crazy or insane, and most all of us have had periods, moments at least, of madness. But it took the confluence of the law and medical science, mad-doctors, alienists, priests and barristers, to raise the matter to a level of?science," capable of being used by conniving relatives,?designing families" and scheming neighbors to destroy people who found themselves in the way, people whose removal could provide their survivors with mone.
Other Title Print version: Wise, Sarah. Inconvenient people. Berkeley, Calif. : Counterpoint, 2013 1619021714