PARRY-JONES, William Ll. Studies in Social History series).
Title: Trade in Lunacy : A Study of Private Madhouses in England in the Eighteenthand Nineteenth Centuries. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1972, ISBN:0710070519
Seller ID: 103893
PARRY-JONES, William Ll. The Trade in Lunacy : A Study of Private Madhousesin England in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries. London: Routledge a nd Kegan Paul, (1972). First Printing. Pp. (6),vii-xviii,1-,(5). Illustraetd. 8vo, black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. A volume in the Studies in Social History Series. Edited by Harold Perkin. "The much maligned privately-owned madhouses, which existed in England from the seventeenth century, have been neglected in works on the history of psychiatry. In this comprehensive study Dr Parry-Jones traces the rise and the fall of the madhouse system, focusing attention in its heyday in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The proprietors, the attendants, the prevailing conditions and the management of the various categories of the insane come under scrutiny, with the conclusion that the notoriety rightly attached to certain madhouses should not be extended to the system as a whole." - from thedustjacket. Contents: 1. Introduction; 2. The 'Trade in Lunacy' in its His torical and Legal Perspective; 3. The Madhouse System: the Range and Development of its Provisions; 4. The Private-Madhouse Proprietor; 5. Some Contemporary Descriptions of Nineteenth-Century Private Licensed Homes; 6. The Private Licensed Houses at Hook Norton and Witney; 7. Aspects of the Care of the Insane in Private Madhouses and the Outcome of Treatment; 8. The Principal Abuses and Defects of the Private-Madhouse System: a Review of the Evidence; 9. Summary and Conclusions. With appendices. Very good in nicked, unclipped dustjacket. 40.00