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Introduction: Histories of asylums, insanity and psychiatry in Scotland

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jonathan Andrews



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This paper introduces a special issue on ‘Histories of asylums, insanity and psychiatry in Scotland’, situating the papers that follow in an outline historiography of work in this field. Using Allan Beveridge’s claims in 1993 about the relative lack of research on the history of psychiatry in Scotland, the paper reviews a range of contributions that have emerged since then, loosely distinguishing between ‘overviews’ – work addressing longer-term trends and broader periods and systems – and more detailed studies of particular ‘individuals and institutions’. There remains much still to do, but the present special issue signals what is currently being achieved, not least by a new generation of scholars in and on Scotland.

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Author(s): Philo C, Andrews J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: History of Psychiatry

Year: 2017

Volume: 28

Issue: 1

Pages: 1-12

Print publication date: 19/03/2017

Online publication date: 12/12/2016

Acceptance date: 12/11/2016

Date deposited: 20/12/2016

ISSN (print): 0957-154X

ISSN (electronic): 1740-2360

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0957154X16678566


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