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  • 'Am I mad?': the Windham case and Victorian resistance to psychiatry. [Journal Article]
    Hist Psychiatry 2019; 30(4):457-468Degerman D
  • This article revisits the notorious trial of William Windham, a wealthy young man accused of lunacy. The trial in 1861-2 saw the country's foremost experts on psychological medicine very publicly debate the concepts, symptoms and diagnosis of insanity. I begin by surveying the trial and the testimonies of medical experts. Their disparate assessments of Windham evoked heated reactions in the press…
  • Citizenship, Vulnerability and Mental Incapacity in England, 1900-1960s. [Journal Article]
    Med Hist 2019; 63(3):270-290Weston J
  • Over the twentieth century, the Lunacy Office (renamed the Court of Protection in 1947) was responsible for appointing 'receivers' to manage the property of adults in England who were found incapable of managing their own affairs. Tens of thousands of people were in this position by the 1920s, and numbers continued to grow until after Second World War. This article uses the archives of the Office…
  • Restrictive environments: the challenge of implementing of Brunei's 2014 Mental Health Order. [Journal Article]
    BJPsych Int 2018; 15(4):83-85Ho H
  • In 2014, Brunei implemented the Mental Health Order, which replaced the 1929 Lunacy Act. This new legislation was designed to improve the treatment of mental disorders and to protect the rights and welfare of people with mental disorders. This short report describes the experience and challenge of implementing the new legislation, with a particular focus on the use of involuntary treatment and th…
  • Single Rooms, Seclusion and the Non-Restraint Movement in British Asylums, 1838-1844. [Journal Article]
    Soc Hist Med 2018; 31(4):754-773Topp L
  • This article shows how the practice of seclusion-the confinement of asylum patients in locked rooms alone-entered the spotlight during the bitter controversy over the abolition of mechanical restraints in the late 1830s and early 1840s. Drawing on letters to The Lancet, asylum reports, reports of the Commissioners in Lunacy and polemical pamphlets, and focusing on the two asylums at the centre of…
  • Genius and Madness between Normality and Pathology. [Journal Article]
    Psychiatr Danub 2018; 30(Suppl 7):572-573Stranieri G
  • It is reasonable to affirm that madness is inborn with the human spirit and that only in lunacy it is possible to be creative, being the intellect a system of rules that make possible to live with the least conflict possible, as masterfully said by Umberto Galimberti. To understand madness we must glean our lunacy and put aside the reason which relates to the non contradiction principle thus bein…
  • Suicide in Ireland in the 19th century. [Journal Article]
    Ir J Psychol Med 2017; 34(3):177-181Walsh D
  • CONCLUSIONS: The reporting of suicide as a cause of death was relatively rare in the first-half of the 19th century in Ireland, but increased in frequency progressively throughout the second-half of that century. The reported numbers are likely to have minimised the real rates because of under-reporting.
  • Lunacy revisited - the myth of the full moon: are football injuries related to the lunar cycle? [Journal Article]
    Chronobiol Int 2018; 35(10):1385-1390Yousfi N, Rekik RN, … Chamari K
  • Previous literature suggests that human behaviour and physiology are somehow altered by the moon-cycle, with particular emphasis on poorer sleep quality and increased aggressive behaviour during full moon. The latter variables can negatively impact athletes' recovery and increase the likelihood of injury resulting from collision with another athlete. Therefore, the current study aimed to investig…
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