Monday, June 9, 2008

Happy New Book: Madness AND Murder

In our ongoing new books series (oh, by the way, these can be seen refreshed monthly on our New Books site) here's a happy number looking back at 'criminal lunacy' and how it was dealt with in the 19th century. Madness and murder : gender, crime and mental disorder in nineteenth-century Ireland by Pauline Prior who typically writes on gender and mental health policy & law.

"On our visiting (Armagh), we found several of the inmates under restraint... Another female was in the day room, without shoes, or stockings, with strait waistcoat and wrist-locks; she had been two years in the ouse and almost continually kept in that state day and night. Writs-locks and body-straps were hung up in the day room, for application at the pleasure of the attendants." (p. 65)

p.s. I'm glad I was born in the 20th century, even though I'm not mentally ill (yet).

Prior, P. M. (2008). Madness and murder: Gender, crime and mental disorder in nineteenth-century Ireland. Portland, OR: Irish Academic Press.

Can be found on the second floor of the Marriott Library at the call number HV6517 .P75 2008

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