The Insanity of Place / The Place of Insanity
Essays on the History of Psychiatry
By Andrew Scull
Routledge – 2005 – 256 pages
This compelling book brings together many of the major papers published by Andrew Scull in the history of psychiatry over the past decade and a half.
Examining some of the major substantive debates in the field from the eighteenth century to the present, the historiographic essays provide a critical perspective on such major figures as Michel Foucault, Roy Porter and Edward Shorter.
Chapters on psychiatric therapeutics and on the shifting social responses to madness over a period of almost three centuries add to a comprehensive assessment of Anglo-American confrontations with madness in this period, and make the book invaluable for those concerned to understand the psychiatric enterprise.
The Insanity of Place/The Place of Insanity will be of interest to students and professionals of the history of medicine and of psychiatry, as well as sociologists concerned with deviance and social control, the sociology of mental illness and the sociology of the professions.
1. Musings about Madness 2. The Insanity of Place 3. A Failure to Communicate? On the Reception of Foucault’s Histoire de la Folie by Anglo-American Historians 4. Madmen and their Keepers: Roy Porter and the History of Psychiatry 5. The Mad-Doctor and his Craft 6. Museums of Madness Revisited 7. Blinded by Biology 8. "Nobody’s Fault": Mental Health Policy in Modern America 9. Psychiatry and Social Control in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 10. Psychiatric Therapeutics and the Historian 11. "A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure": Sexual Surgery for Psychosis in Three Nineteenth-Century Societies 12. Focal Sepsis and Psychosis: The Career of Thomas Chivers Graves, B.Sc., M.D., F.C.R.S., M.R.C.V.S. (1883-1964)
Andrew Scull received his B.A. from Oxford University, and his Ph.D. from Princeton. He taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Princeton prior to coming to UCSD. His books include Museums of Madness; Decarceration; Madhouses, Mad-Doctors, and Madmen; Durkheim and the Law (with Steven Lukes); Social Control and the State (with Stanley Cohen); Social Order/Mental Disorder; The Most Solitary of Afflictions: Madness and Society in Britain, 1700-1900; and Masters of Bedlam.