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Work and Occupation in French and English Mental Hospitals, c.1918-1939

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Compares the history of French and English psychiatrists’ use of occupation in mental institutions
  • Offers new insights into the use of occupation as a treatment for mental disorder
  • Fills a gap in research on the history of psychiatry during the interwar period

Part of the book series: Mental Health in Historical Perspective (MHHP)

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxii
  2. Introduction

    • Jane Freebody
    Pages 1-59Open Access
  3. Patient Work before World War I

    • Jane Freebody
    Pages 61-98Open Access
  4. From Alienism to Psychiatry

    • Jane Freebody
    Pages 99-131Open Access
  5. New Approaches to Patient Work and Occupation

    • Jane Freebody
    Pages 133-164Open Access
  6. Money and Management

    • Jane Freebody
    Pages 165-201Open Access
  7. The Medical Prescription of Patient Occupation

    • Jane Freebody
    Pages 203-233Open Access
  8. The Supervision of Patient Occupation

    • Jane Freebody
    Pages 235-260Open Access
  9. The Patient Workers Inside Hospital

    • Jane Freebody
    Pages 261-297Open Access
  10. Work and Support for Patients Outside Hospital

    • Jane Freebody
    Pages 299-334Open Access
  11. Conclusions

    • Jane Freebody
    Pages 335-351Open Access
  12. Back Matter

    Pages 353-378

About this book

This open access book demonstrates that, while occupation has been used to treat the mentally disordered since the early nineteenth century, approaches to its use have varied across different countries and in different time periods. Comparing how occupation was used in French and English mental institutions between 1918 and 1939, one hundred years after the heyday of moral therapy, the book is an essential read for those researching the history of mental health and medicine more generally. It provides an overview of the legislation, management structures and financial conditions that affected mental institutions in France and England, and contributed to their differing responses to the new theories of occupational therapy emerging from the USA and Germany during the interwar period.

Reviews

"This ambitious exploration of patient occupation in interwar French and English mental institutions sheds light on a hitherto under-investigated aspect of life in the asylum – the nature, meaning and therapeutic implications of work for asylum regimes, staff and patients. This is an important and original study of value for anyone interested in twentieth-century psychiatry and institutional practices."

Hilary Marland, University of Warwick, Professor of History, Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick, UK

"The interwar period is attracting growing interest among historians of psychiatry and mental health. Jane Freebody’s important new book provides a unique comparative study of patient occupation in English and French asylums, highlighting significant differences in practices as well as illustrating both continuities and innovations."

Leonard Smith, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Birmingham, Instituteof Applied Health Research, USA

"Jane Freebody offers a fresh perspective on life in the asylum in both England and France which will be of interest to historians of the institutional everyday as well as historians of psychiatry. In this fascinating and original study, she not only focuses on the less examined interwar period and the importance of patient occupation, but, most strikingly, takes a comparative analysis that goes beyond the transnational into more detailed considerations of place; with an insightful evaluation of the metropolitan versus the provincial in shaping institutional responses."

Clare Hickman, Reader in Environmental and Medical History, University of Newcastle, Australia

Authors and Affiliations

  • Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

    Jane Freebody

About the author

Jane Freebody is a historian of medicine whose research interests revolve around nineteenth- and twentieth-century psychiatry and mental health in France and England. She is an Associate Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, UK, where she previously gained her Wellcome-funded doctorate.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Work and Occupation in French and English Mental Hospitals, c.1918-1939

  • Authors: Jane Freebody

  • Series Title: Mental Health in Historical Perspective

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-13105-9

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2023

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13104-2Published: 02 January 2023

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-031-13107-3Published: 01 January 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-031-13105-9Published: 01 January 2023

  • Series ISSN: 2634-6036

  • Series E-ISSN: 2634-6044

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 378

  • Number of Illustrations: 12 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: History of France, History of Britain and Ireland, History of Medicine, History of Science, Labor History

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Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
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  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

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