Undertaker of the Mind: John Monro and Mad-Doctoring in Eighteenth-Century England by Andrew Scull, Jonathan Andrews (Hardback, 2001)
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- DescriptionAs visiting physician to Bethlem Hospital, the archetypal 'Bedlam' and Britain's first and (for hundreds of years) only public institution for the insane, Dr. John Monro (1715-1791) was a celebrity in his own day. Jonathan Andrews and Andrew Scull call him a 'conisseur of insanity, this high priest of the trade in lunacy'. Although the basics of his life and career are well kwn, this study is the first to explore in depth Monro's colorful and contentious milieu. Mad-doctoring grew into a recognized, if t entirely respectable, profession during the eighteenth century, and besides being affiliated with public hospitals, Monro and other mad-doctors became entrepreneurs and owners of private madhouses and were consulted by the rich and famous. Monro's close social connections with members of the aristocracy and gentry, as well as with medical professionals, politicians, and divines, guaranteed him a significant place in the social, political, cultural, and intellectual worlds of his time. Andrews and Scull draw on an astonishing array of visual materials and verbal sources that include the diaries, family papers, and correspondence of some of England's wealthiest and best-connected citizens. The book is also distinctive in the coverage it affords to individual case histories of Monro's patients, including such prominent contemporary figures as the Earls Ferrers and Orford, the religious 'enthusiast' Alexander Cruden, and the 'mad' King George III, as well as his crazy would-be assassin, Margaret Nicholson. What the authors make clear is that Monro, a serious physician neither reactionary r enlightened in his methods, was the outright epitome of the mad-trade as it existed then, esteemed in some quarters and ridiculed in others. The fifty illustrations, expertly antated and integrated with the text, will be a revelation to many readers.
- Author BiographyJonathan Andrews is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities, Oxford Brookes University. His publications include The History of Bethlem (1997) and They're in the Trade of Lunacy (1998). Andrew Scull, author of Social Order/Mental Disorder (California, 1989; 1992) and The Most Solitary of Afflictions (1993), among other books, is Professor of Sociology and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego.
- Author(s)Andrew Scull,Jonathan Andrews
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication24/10/2001
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Series TitleMedicine and Society S.
- Series Part/Volume Numberv.11
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Note50 b/w photographs
- Weight503 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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