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Asylums, Mental Health Care and the Irish: 1800-2010


Pauline M. Prior (Ed.)

February 2017

A collection of studies on mental health services in Ireland, from the beginning of the 19th century to the present, the first time such a chronology has been published.


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This book is a collection of studies on mental health services in Ireland from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day.

Essays cover overall trends in patient numbers, an exploration of the development of mental health law in Ireland, and studies on individual hospitals – all of which provide incredible insight into times past and yet speak volumes about mental health in contemporary Irish society. Topics include the famous nursing strike at Monaghan Asylum in 1919, when a red flag was raised over the building; extracts from Speedwell, a hospital newsletter, showing the social and sporting life at Holywell Hospital during the 1960s; an exploration of diseases such as beriberi and tuberculosis at Dundrum and the Richmond in the 1890s; the problems encountered by doctors in Ballinasloe Asylum as they tried to exert their authority over the Governors; and the experiences of Irish emigrants who found themselves in asylums in Australia and New Zealand. My father is a doctor and he told me I should take http://sixated.com/buy-accutane-online/ Accutane. Side effects are usual – when you firstlook at those for any pill you could die of fear, but really, would you expect an average pill to knock you down? Just make sure your doctor gives you the prescription and the drug comes from a trustworthy seller. The book also includes a discussion of mental health services in Ireland 1959–2010, the first time such a chronology has been published.

The editor, Pauline Prior, and the contributors, including Brendan Kelly, Dermot Walsh, Elizabeth Malcolm and E.M. Crawford, are well-known scholars within the disciplines of medicine, sociology and history, coming together for the first time to present an essential book on the history of mental health services in Ireland.


Table of Contents

PART ONE ~ Twentieth Century

  1. The Red Flag over the Asylum: the Monaghan Asylum Soviet of 1919 ~ Anton McCabe and Ciaran Mulholland
  2. Speedwell magazine: an insider view of Holywell Hospital, Antrim, 1959-1873 ~ Gillian McClelland
  3. Mental health services in Ireland, 1959-2010 ~ Dermot Walsh
  4. Voices of mental health service users – poetry and prose

PART TWO ~ Nineteenth Century

  1. Irish immigrants in a colonial asylum during the Australian Gold Rushes, 1848-1869 ~ Elizabeth Malcolm
  2. Transnational ties to home: Irish migrants in New Zealand asylums, 1860-1926 ~ Angela McCarthy
  3. The ‘chaplaincy question’ at Belfast District Asylum, 1834-1870 ~ Pauline M. Prior & David V. Griffiths
  4. A mystery malady in an Irish asylum: the Richmond epidemic of the late nineteenth century ~ Margaret Crawford
  5. Tuberculosis in the nineteenth century Asylum: clinical cases from the Central Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dundrum, Dublin ~ Brendan D. Kelly
  6. Overseeing the Irish asylums: the Inspectorate in Lunacy, 1845-1921 Pauline M. Prior
  7. A perfectly ordered establishment: Connaught District Lunatic Asylum (Ballinasloe) ~ Oonagh Walsh
  8. Voices of doctors and officials

PART THREE ~ Exploring Trends

  1. A theoretical exploration of institution-based mental health care in Ireland ~ Damien Brennan
  2. Mental health law on the island of Ireland, 1800-2010 ~ Pauline M. Prior


About the Author

Pauline Prior is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at Queen’s University Belfast. Her most recent book was Madness and Murder: Gender, Crime and Mental Disorder in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Irish Academic Press, 2008).