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Concepts of the Asylum in the Care of the Mentally Ill
Aaron Rosenblatt
Psychiatric Services 1984; doi:
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Graduate School of Social Welfare, Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, State University of New York at Albany, 135 Western Avenue, Albany, New York 12222

1984 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The author explores the initial intent of the asylum, a reform designed to ensure humane care of the mentally ill, drawing especially on Samuel Tuke's account of the York Retreat. He presents key concepts ofthe asylum related to codes of conduct, management ofrestraint, and social amenities f rom the perspective of Tuke and other reformers, and challenges some interpretations oftbe early asylums made by Michel Foucault.

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