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Insanity, institutions and society : the case of the Robben Island Lunatic Asylum, 1846-1910 / Harriet Deacon -- The confinement of the insane in Switzerland, 1900-1970 : Cery (Vaud) and Bel-Air (Geneva) asylums / Jacques Gasser and Genevi?ve Heller -- Family strategies and medical power : 'voluntar...
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This paper argues that the historical epidemiology of mental illness is inevitably context bound. This argument is made through the analysis of civil court records relating to the mental illness of New Jersey residents from 1790 to 1867. The records demonstrate that the social contexts out of which ...
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Discusses primary sources, including court case records of the New Jersey State archives, to gain a better perspective on the diversity of community responses to insanity in antebellum America.
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