Medical History

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* D. J. Mellett, M.A., Ph.D., Lecturer in History, Department of Adult Education and General Studies, The St Helens College of Technology, Merseyside WA 10 1PZ.

The research from which materials have been distilled to present this essay was carried out on a Department of Education and Science grant in Cambridge between 1969 and 1972, and was integrated into D. J. Mellett, ‘Society, the state and mental illness. Social, cultural and administrative aspects of the institutional care and control of the insane in nineteenth-century England’, unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Cambridge, 1978. My thanks to my erstwhile supervisors, Derek Beales and Olive Keidan.