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An Undiscovered Victorian Institution of Care: A Short Introduction to the Cumberland and Westmorland Joint Lunatic Asylum

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posted on 2016-03-04, 14:55 authored by Cara C. Dobbing
Interest surrounding the Victorian county asylum network and its treatment of mental illness has been, and still remains, somewhat substantial. This article will add to, and expand, the existing literature by redressing the geographical imbalance of previous institutional research. Asylum histories have centred upon establishments in prominent towns and cities, and on those with an importance to the evolution of the psychiatry profession, for example the York Retreat. Apart from the examinations of Lancashire and Yorkshire asylums, little exists in the far North of England. This article will specifically use the records of the Cumberland and Westmorland Joint Lunatic Asylum to show the experience of pauper patients from a rural, Northern locality. Particular attention will be paid to the circulation of patients in and out of the asylum to build a comprehensive picture of the nineteenth-century transferral of care. To fully understand the treatment of mental health in this period, one cannot solely look at the asylum, as it formed only one part of a whole system of care.

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Family and Community History, 2016, 19(1), pp. 3-16

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Family and Community History

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Taylor & Francis for Family and Community Historical Research Society

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1463-1180

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1751-3812

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2016-01-01

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2016

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2018-03-29

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http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14631180.2016.1144957

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