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The Treatment of the Insane without Mechanical Restraints


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Medicine

  • Date Published: November 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108063333

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  • Trained as a physician and alienist (psychiatrist), John Conolly (1794–1866) first published this work in 1856. It describes the abolition of mechanical restraints in the treatment of mentally ill patients at the Hanwell County Asylum in Middlesex, where Conolly worked as resident physician. He argues for a system of non-restraint to be implemented as standard in all asylums, focusing on understanding patients as individuals and treating them with care and compassion. Conolly had introduced at Hanwell an innovative programme for patients that was based around positive activities, personal freedom, privacy, good-quality food, exercise, and, most importantly, the absence of any physical restraint. Though controversial at first, Conolly's enlightened methods and writings helped further the cause of humane treatment. This work remains a key text in the history of asylum reform and changing attitudes to mental illness.

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    • Date Published: November 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108063333
    • length: 398 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The last days of the old methods of treatment
    2. The first days of the new or non-restraint system
    3. The new system in private asylums
    4. Abolition of mechanical restraints at Hanwell in 1839
    5. Gradual adoption of the non-restraint system in the large asylums of England, after 1839
    6. Progress of the new system on the continent

  • Author

    John Conolly

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