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"The online DCB/DBC presents biographies of significant figures in Canadian history written by leading authorities. It spans the years from 1000 to 1920 in 14 volumes. Biographies selected from a 15th volume for the period 1921 to 1930 will go online in 2005."
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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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Rev. of Madness and society in eighteenth-century Scotland, by R.A. Houston
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Broken families. Gender, family, and mutual assistance in New France: widows, widowers, and orphans in eighteenth-century Quebec / Josette Brun ; A 'painful dependence': female begging letters and the familial economy of obligation / Nancy Christie ; Itineraries of marriage and widowhood in nineteen...
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Rev. of La science du mal: L'institution de la psychiatrie au Quebec, 1800-1914, by Peter Keating
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This article examines the relationship between mental disorder and criminality in Canada from the colonial period to the landmark 1992 Mental Disorder Amendments that followed the passing of Bill C-30. The history of this relationship has been shaped by longstanding formal and informal systems of so...