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From idiocy to mental deficiency [electronic resource] : historical perspectives on people with learning disabilities /
edited by David Wright and Anne Digby.
imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1996.
description
viii, 238 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
041511215X
format(s)
Book
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imprint
London ; New York : Routledge, 1996.
isbn
041511215X
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Based on a conference sponsored by the Society for the Social History of Medicine, held in London in 1992.
catalogue key
7926365
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Over the last decade, approaches to learning disabilities have changed dramatically in most Western countries. This is a collection of 9 essays on the subject, spanning the Medieval period to the establishment of the National Health Service.
Main Description
From Idiocy to Mental Deficiencyis the first book devoted to the social history of people with learning disabilities in Britain. Approaches to learning disabilities have changed dramatically in recent years. The implementation of 'Care in the Community', the campaign for disabled rights and the debate over the education of children with special needs have combined to make this one of the most controversial areas in social policy today. The nine original research essays collected here cover the social history of learning disability from the Middle Ages through the establishment of the National Health Service. They will not only contribute to a neglected field of social and medical history but also illuminate and inform current debates. The information presented here will have a profound impact on how professionals in mental health, psychiatric nursing, social work and disabled rights understand learning disability and society's responses to it over the course of history.
Main Description
From Idiocy to Mental Deficiencyis the first book devoted to the social history of people with learning disabilities in Britain. Over the last decade, approaches to learning disabilities have changed dramatically in most Western countries; it has become one of the most fascinating and controversial areas in social policy today. This collection brings together nine original essays, spanning the Medieval period to the establishment of the Nationa Health Service. While contributing to a neglected field of social and medical history, this book also illuminates and informs current debates. It will have a profound impact on how professionals working in the field of mental health, psychiatric nursing, social work and disabled rights understand the evolution of what constituted learning disability and how society's responses to it have changed over the course of history.
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From Idiocy to Mental Deficiency is the first book devoted to the social history of people with learning disabilities in Britain. Approaches to learning disabilities have changed dramatically in recent years. The implementation of 'Care in the Community', the campaign for disabled rights and the debate over the education of children with special needs have combined to make this one of the most controversial areas in social policy today.The nine original research essays collected here cover the social history of learning disability from the Middle Ages through the establishment of the National Health Service. They will not only contribute to a neglected field of social and medical history but also illuminate and inform current debates.The information presented here will have a profound impact on how professionals in mental health, psychiatric nursing, social work and disabled rights understand learning disability and society's responses to it over the course of history.
Table of Contents
Contexts and Perspectivesp. 1
Mental Handicap in Medieval and Early Modern Englandp. 22
Idiocy, the Family and the Community in Early Modern North-East Englandp. 44
Identifying and Providing for the Mentally Disabled in Early Modern Londonp. 65
The Psychopolitics of Learning and Disability in Seventeenth-Century Thoughtp. 93
'childlike in His Innocence'p. 118
The Changing Dynamic of Institutional Carep. 134
Notesp. 158
Institutional Provision for the Feeble-Minded in Edwardian Englandp. 161
Girls, Deficiency and Delinquencyp. 184
Family, Community, and Statep. 207
Indexp. 231
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