Research Uncorked: Insanity, Institutionalization and 19th Century American Medical Language in The Insane Hospital Reports | Kent State University

Research Uncorked: Insanity, Institutionalization and 19th Century American Medical Language in The Insane Hospital Reports

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Dr. Sara Newman, Department of English, discusses some puzzling case studies she found in The Insane Hospital Reports, a collection of reports from nineteenth-century America insane asylums. The mystery involves how physicians categorized the insane, and its resolution addresses how nineteenth-century medical language developed, how it became part of broader cultural values, and how those values still influence contemporary language involving the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.