The first series of 44 podcasts covers England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland during the last 500 years, looking at continuities and changes in how mental illness was understood and treated, and at the radical shifts in systems of caring for those who were either mad or mentally handicapped during the last two centuries. The analysis aims to be balanced and fair.
The coverage is broad, ranging from how mental problems were identified and described in the past through changing ideas about their causes and developing therapeutic practices to important themes such as the reasons behind the emergence of psychiatry as a profession and the rise and fall of asylums as a location of care.
The series explores:
- the history of suicide,
- madness in the media,
- psychiatry and the law,
- relations between medical practitioners and patients,
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For research relating to the podcasts, please visit http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/history/staff/rabhouston.html