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“Humanity Requires All the Relief Which Can Be Afforded”: The Birth of the Federal Asylum

Martin Summers

in Madness in the City of Magnificent Intentions

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190852641
eISBN:
9780190060138
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190852641.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, American History: 20th Century

This chapter covers the prehistory of Saint Elizabeths, including efforts to manage the insane in the District of Columbia in the first half of the nineteenth century and the establishment of the ... More


The Paradox of Enlightened Care: Saint Elizabeths in the Era of Moral Treatment, 1855–1877

Martin Summers

in Madness in the City of Magnificent Intentions

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190852641
eISBN:
9780190060138
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190852641.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, American History: 20th Century

This chapter covers Saint Elizabeths during the tenure of its first superintendent, Charles H. Nichols (1855–1877), including the impact of the Civil War on the composition of the patient population, ... More


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