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Practical Hints for the Construction and Economy of Pauper Lunatic Asylums

Practical Hints for the Construction and Economy of Pauper Lunatic Asylums

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Medicine

  • Publication planned for: March 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2018
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108080279

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  • The Quaker philanthropist Samuel Tuke (1784–1857) was the grandson of William Tuke, the founder in 1796 of the Retreat at York, a pioneering asylum for the insane which championed compassionate care and the abolition of physical restraints. Samuel succeeded his grandfather in the management of the Retreat in 1822, but before that was already active in promoting its principles of humane treatment, and publicising the appalling conditions in which 'pauper lunatics', whose families could not afford better care for them, were confined. The publicity generated by his pamphlets and letters to newspapers drew public attention to the problem, and led to a reforming Yorkshire magistrate inviting Tuke to advise on the building of a new asylum at Wakefield. This 1815 book of 'practical hints' was intended to guide the potential architects to offer both inmates and attendants an environment which promoted physical and mental health.

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    • Publication planned for: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108080279
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from March 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Practical hints

  • Author

    Samuel Tuke

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