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The Art of Asylum-Keeping

The Art of Asylum-Keeping
Thomas Story Kirkbride and the Origins of American Psychiatry

Nancy Tomes

424 pages | 6 x 9 | 19 illus.
Cloth 1994 | ISBN 9781512804591 | $79.95s | Outside the Americas £64.00
Ebook 2016 | ISBN 9781512808377 | Buy from Combined Academic Publishers £64.00
An Anniversary Collection volume

"Exceptional. . . . Easily the best history of a mental hospital in Europe or America."—Reviews in American History
The Art of Asylum-Keeping is a social history of medical practice in a private nineteenth-century asylum, the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane in Philadelphia. It recreates everyday life in the asylum and explores its social, as well as its scientific, legitimation.

Nancy Tomes is Professor of History at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, and author of The Gospel of Germs: Men, Women, and the Microbe in American Life.

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