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History

  • Australia's Lunatic Asylum Vineyards - The vineyard was abandoned following flood damage in 1887 and Dr Watkins' transfer to the Yarra Bend Asylum in 1888.

  • Bedlam: Custody Care and Cure 1247-1997 at the Museum of London until 15 March 1998. This exhibition tells the fascinating 750-year-old story of Bethlem Royal Hospital, popularly known as 'Bedlam'.

  • Brain and Mind Magazine: The History of Psychosurgery - article discussing the history of psychosurgery.

  • Chronological History of Mental Health in the State of New South Wales - Chronological History of Mental Health in the State of New South Wales 1788, First Fleet arrives in NSW. 1811, First Asylum in the suburb of Castle Hill, Sydney.

  • Electroshock therapy introduced 1938 - Electric eels and fish were used by people in ancient times to treat headaches and mental illness. The practice came back in 1937 when Ugo Cerletti (1877-1963) and Lucino Bini (b. 1908) treated schizophrenic patients with applications of electricity.

  • From Quackery to Bacteriology: Mental Health - from the University of Toledo. Examines the treatment of mentally ill people during the 19th century.

  • Historic Asylums of 19th Century America - state by state listings, preservation information, historic photos, maps, histories, original plans, and more.

  • History of Psychiatry - Psychiatry, as the specialty within medicine that deals with disorders of the mind, has been controversial from its inception on. Psychiatry has been criticized for providing medical explanations for behaviour that is merely odd, unusual, or bothersome. Psychiatrists still don't agree whether mental disorders are primarily mental or physiological in nature. Dr. Hans Pols. University of Sydney.

  • History of Shock Therapy in Psychiatry - Between 1917 and 1935, four methods for producing physiological shock were discovered, tested and used in the psychiatric practice, all of them in Europe. Renato M.E. Sabbatini, PhD

  • J Ward Museum Complex - J Ward is a museum that explains the early history of the goldfield times and later, the incarceration of the criminally insane. (Australia)

  • Key Dates in the History of Mental Health and Community Care - This factsheet is for students and anyone else who is interested in the history of community care.

  • Kew Asylum Museum / Archives - The Kew Lunatic Asylum, later known as Willsmere Hospital is an important part of Australia's public history. It is listed on the Register of the National Estate and classified by the National Trust.
  • Mental Health History Including Asylum And Community Care Periods And Consumer Accounts, With Links To The General Timeline Of Science And Society And To Andrew Roberts' Book On The Lunacy Commission, And Other Mental Health Writings. 

  • Mental Health History Timeline - In 1518 King Henry 8th, on the advice of his court physician, founded the Royal College of Physicians (London) to control who practised as a physician in London and so protect the public from quacks.

  • Mental Health History Words - In the history of English asylums a "licensed house" is not a place for drinking alcohol (the commonest meaning of the phrase), but a place licensed to receive lunatics under one of the Acts of Parliament (from 1774 onwards) passed to control such places.

  • Notes On The History Of Mental Health Care (UK)  - Notes on the history of mental health care - What is striking in looking at the history of mental health care is that at periods through the centuries, indeed through the millennia, there has been an accepted way of dealing with people with mental health problems, conventional for the time, that, however well-intentioned, has more often than not been inhumane, punitive, and largely unsuccessful.

  • The Carlton Receiving-House for the Insane, 1866-1873 - When the Collingwood Stockade closed as a prison in 1866, it was almost immediately re-opened as a government asylum for the insane. Although it was intended to function only as a temporary asylum, it operated for seven years, until June 1873.

  • The history of Psychiatric Nursing in the United States from its beginning in the late 19th century to the present time. - This page will acquaint you with the history of Psychiatric Nursing in the United States from its beginning in the late 19th century to the present time. Search links at bottom of page for additional information.

  • The Story Of A Mental Hospital: Fulbourn, 1858-1983 - Current policies about 'care in the community' of the mentally ill, along with lurid accounts of abuses, have led to the impression that the old, custodial mental hospitals outside big cities were all dreadful 'bins' where human dignity was sacrificed to staff routines. The author was in charge of a traditional institution near Cambridge for three decades, during which it became internationally renowned for enlightened practices and the nurturing of patients' rights and welfare.

  • World of Asylums - Born out of the successful Gloucester Asylums site, this development was inspired by the encouragement I received from some good friends and fellow "enthusiasts"

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