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by Dr Lisetta
Last reviewed: November 2019
The 19th century was characterised by a growing
reform movement which led to major statutory changes. The
therapeutic energy and optimism of the reform movement was,
however, eventually defeated by the excessive confinement of people
who might be mildly socially deviant rather than insane.
In this module, the second in a two-part
series reviewing major concepts of madness throughout history,
Finally, we review the major changes in mental
health act legislation during the early part of the 20th century,
which were precipitated by the First World War.
Image source: Wellcome Library, London
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