The ‘Lunatic’ Economy




This book explores the support provided to people who were considered to have mental health difficulties in the 1800s. It identifies the ways in which mental illness was defined and categorised, and the nature of the services which were provided. The book examines where people were placed, what they experienced, and what the outcome of their treatment was. The book describes a process whereby the initial response to those who were unable to contribute to the economy because of ‘lunacy’ subsequently developed into an economy in its own right.

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