The Rise of Mental Health Nursing

A History of Psychiatric Care in Dutch Asylums, 1890-1920

Geertje Boschma

The Rise of Mental Health Nursing
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Geertje Boschma

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304 pages | © 2003
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9789053565018 Published February 2003 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
Geertje Boschma's complex study examines issues from the rise of scientific psychiatry and the emergence of mental health nursing to the social relationships of class, gender, and religion that structured asylum care in the Netherlands around 1900. Drawing on the archival collections of four Dutch asylums, Boschma highlights the gendered nature of mental health nursing politics, and captures the contradictory realities of hospital-oriented asylum care, both illustrating the social complexity of the care of the mentally ill and offering an important addition to the history of European psychiatry.
Chapter I - Asylum Reform Ideals: Personnel Matters
Chapter II - The Ideal of a Mental Hospital
Chapter III - Female Compassion: Mental Nurse Training
Chapter IV - The Burdensome Task of Nurses
Chapter V - Negotiating Class and Culture
Chapter VI - The Marginalization of Male Nurses
Chapter VII - Controversy and Conflict over the Social Position of Nurses
Conclusion - The Politics of Mental Health Nursing
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
List of Archives
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