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Author Rajpal, Shilpi, author
Title Curing madness? : a social and cultural history of insanity in colonial north India, 1800-1950s / Shilpi Rajpal
Imprint New Delhi : Oxford University Press, 2021
©2021
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 Modern History Library  362.20954 R161    DUE 07-10-24    30550100705241
Edition First edition
Descript xiv, 295 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Lunacy and the colonial state -- Managing madness: architecture, medicine, and personnel -- Everyday histories: life inside the asylum walls -- Case notes and histories: insanity, institutions, and individuals -- Indigenous traditions, modernity, and madness
"Curing Madness? focuses on the institutional and non-institutional histories of madness in colonial north India. 'Madness' and 'cure' are explored as shifting categories which travelled across cultural, medical, national, and regional boundaries, thereby moving beyond asylum-centric histories. It is based on extensive research of archival materials gathered from various repositories in India and abroad. The book focusses on governmental policies, legal processes, everyday patterns of treatment, discipline and resistance behind the walls, and individual case histories. It also brings to fore the non-institutional histories of madness. While few ended up in asylums, most people suffering from insanity were cared for by their families and the local vidyas, ojhas, shamans, and pundits. Western medicine denigrated indigenous healing traditions forcing them to reconceptualize and reinvent themselves. The spread and dissemination of Western medical knowledge led to the reshaping of some of the Ayurvedic concepts of mental illness. Based on an examination of Hindi medical advice literature which primarily includes books, pamphlets, and periodicals, the study locates the history of madness within and beyond the asylum walls"--Publisher's description
Subject Mental illness -- Treatment -- India, North -- History -- 19th century
Mental illness -- Treatment -- India, North -- History -- 20th century
Mentally ill -- Care -- India, North -- History -- 19th century
Mentally ill -- Care -- India, North -- History -- 20th century
Alt Title Social and cultural history of insanity in colonial north India, 1800-1950s
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