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The (un)dress of the mad poor in England, c.1650-1850. Part 2

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Abstract

The second part of this paper assesses how far the dominant imager y of the (un)dress of the mad poor, found in the literar y, medical and representational sources discussed in Part 1, corresponds with actual conditions and provisions for the poor insane as revealed in institutional and documentar y sources. This is necessarily attempted through a selective sample of sources, in particular clothing procurement for the poor insane as chronicled in parochial records. More especially, the documentar y accuracy of prevailing cultural representations is assessed through a case study of the records of Bethlehem (or 'Bedlam'/Bethlem) Hospital, the archetypal English madhouse. Copyright © 2007 SAGE Publications.


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Author(s): Andrews J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: History of Psychiatry

Year: 2007

Volume: 18

Issue: 2

Pages: 131-156

ISSN (print): 0957-154X

ISSN (electronic): 1740-2360

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0957154X06067246

DOI: 10.1177/0957154X06067246

PubMed id: 18589927


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