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This book is a lively commentary on the eighteenth-century mad-business, its practitioners, its patients (or "customers"), and its patrons, viewed through the unique lens of the private case book kept by the most famous mad-doctor in Augustan England, Dr. John Monro (1715-1791). Monro's case book, comprising the doctor's jottings on patients he saw in the course of his private practice--patients drawn from a great variety of social strata--offers an extraordinary window into the subterranean world of the mad-trade in eighteenth-century London.

The volume concludes with a complete edition of the case book itself, transcribed in full with editorial annotations by the authors. In the fragmented stories Monro's case book provides, Andrews and Scull find a poignant underworld of human psychological distress, some of it strange and some quite familiar. They place these "cases" in a real world where John Monro and othersuccessful doctors were practicing, not to say inventing, the diagnosis and treatment of madness.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-9
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-11
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. PART I. Managing Lunacy in Eighteenth-Century London
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1. Customers, Patrons, and Their Mad-Doctor
  2. pp. 5-11
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  1. 2. A Rare Resource: John Monro’s Case Book
  2. pp. 13-27
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  1. 3. Profiling Patients and Patterns of Practice
  2. pp. 28-44
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  1. 4. The Craft of Consultation: Managing Patients and Their Problems
  2. pp. 45-57
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  1. 5. Diagnosing the Mad
  2. pp. 58-81
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  1. 6. Religion, Madness, and the Case Book
  2. pp. 82-91
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  1. 7. Treating Patients and Getting Paid
  2. pp. 92-106
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  1. 8. Being Mad in Eighteenth-Century England: Patients’ Views of Their Own Illnesses
  2. pp. 107-116
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  1. PART II. John Monro’s 1766 Case Book
  2. pp. C-1-C-124
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 119-175
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 177-201
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 203-209
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  1. Production Notes
  2. pp. 210-351
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780520926080
Print ISBN
9780520226609
MARC Record
OCLC
52841385
Pages
352
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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