Dorothea Dix: Advocate for Mental Health Care

Dorothea Dix: Advocate for Mental Health Care

by Margaret Muckenhoupt

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Overview

By exposing the sickening conditions people with mental illness endured in jails, almshouses, and basement cells, Dorothea Dix (1802-1887) single-handedly transformed the U.S. system of mental health care in the 19th century. Dix traveled from state to state, describing the hideous suffering people who were both poor and mentally ill endured at the hands of their captors. Her tireless research and personal lobbying of legislators led to construction of asylums for the mentally ill in state after state. Oxford Portraits are informative and insightful biographies of people whose lives shaped their times and continue to influence ours. Based on the most recent scholarship, they draw heavily on primary sources, including writings by and about their subjects. Each book is illustrated with a wealth of photographs, documents, memorabilia, framing the personality and achievements of its subject against the backdrop of history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190284602
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 04/08/2004
Series: Oxford Portraits
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 835 KB

About the Author

Meg Muckenhoupt has written articles on travel in Boston and local environmental issues for The Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix, Boston Magazine and the Time Out Boston guide. Her book Sigmund Freud: Explorer of the Unconscious (Oxford University Press) won the American Academy of Sciences 1998 Best science Books for Junior High and High school readers, and has been translated into seven languages. She holds a certificate in Field Botany from the New England Wild Flower Society.

Table of Contents

1A Girl Begins Her Lonely Journey7
2"The World Is My Home"15
Mother Explains a Factory20
3A Teacher and an Author25
Student Letters28
"I Am Now Obliged to Refuse You the Desired Gratification"36
4Beginning the Great Work40
Moral Treatment47
5"I Shall Be Obliged to Speak with Great Plainness"51
"I Tell What I Have Seen!"53
Astonishing Tenacity of Life60
6Moral Treatment for Prisoners67
"I Would Not Have the Officers Become Preachers"69
7A Veto at Home, a Welcome in Europe81
8A Model of Charity for the South91
9The American Florence Nightingale98
War Work104
10More Travel, More Battles111
Afterword117
Chronology120
Further Reading122
Index124

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