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Rare Printed Works on the History of Psychiatry

Part 1: Sources from the Hunter Collection, Cambridge University Library

“During the last three hundred years, demons and humours, vapours, nerves and neuroses, have shaped diagnoses of madness, drawing a line between us and them, a line which is continually being redrawn".

Marie Mulvey-Roberts

University of the West of England, Bristol

This project seeks to build upon the work of Berrios, Foucault, Hunter, Macalpine, Micale, Porter, Shorter, Szasz and others, by providing the sources to examine both the history of madness – from witches to modern day neurotics – and of the institutions that were made to house them.

Part 1 is based on the famous Hunter Collection at Cambridge University Library – a collection gathered by Richard Hunter and Ida Macalpine to help them write Three Hundred Years of Psychiatry (1982) and other works.

We include 128 titles from 1679 to 1918 [112 are from 1800 onwards] ranging from short polemical pamphlets to three volume works.

A full listing of titles is available on our website, but sample titles include:

- Francis Pereauld, The Divell of Mascon (1679)
- A Description of Bedlam (1722)

- Samuel Tuke, Description of the Retreat [York] (1813)
- George Tate, A Treatise on Hysteria (1831)
- Richard Paternoster, The Madhouse System (1841)
- John Conolly, Familiar Views of Lunacy and Lunatic Life (1850)
- Baker Brown, On the Cura-bility of Certain Forms of Insanity, Epilepsy, Catalepsy, and Hysteria in Females (1866)
- Grafton Smith, Shell Shock and its lessons (1917)

There are works on witches, nightmares, neuroses, the influence of the Sun and Moon on human bodies, and on constraint, moral reform, shock treatment, analysis and drugs.

It will be an ideal starting point to explore questions such as: What is madness? Is it primarily about the individual or the institution, politics or ideology, therapy or torture, or madhouses, madmen and mad doctors? Was the female malady a male invention? When did eating complaints and post-traumatic stress disorder first emerge?

• A major scholarly resource documenting the history of madness in its social, historical, literary and clinical aspects.
• Based on a renowned collection assembled by two leading British psychiatrists.

• Full of key texts and lesser-known documents from 1679 to 1918, which will provide a platform for research and for undergraduate project work.
• Minimal overlap with EEBO and ECCO.

A project that will appeal to:

• literary scholars
• social and cultural historians
• those working in women’s and gender studies
• historians of medicine and of psychiatry.

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