The Most Solitary Of Afflictions

Madness and Society in Britain, 1700–1900
Author(s): 
Scull, Andrew
ISBN: 
0300107544
Date published: 
March 2005
Paperback
Price: 
£18.95
Pages: 
448

In this elegantly written book, Andrew Scull studies the evolution of the treatment of lunacy in England and Wales, tracing what lies behind the transformations in social practices and beliefs, examining how institutional management of the mad came to replace traditional systems of family and local care, and exposing the striking contrast betwen the utopian expectations of the asylums' founders and the harsh realities of life in these asylums.

Andrew Scull is professor of sociology and science studies, University of California, San Diego. Among his publications are Museums of Madness (1979), Masters of Bedlam (1996), Undertaker of the Mind (2001), and his forthcoming Yale publication, Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Medical Murder and Megalomania.