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Founding Friends: Families, Staff, And Patients at the Friends Asylum in Early Nineteenth-century Philadelphia

Patricia D'Antonio

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ISBN 10: 0934223823 / ISBN 13: 9780934223829
Published by Lehigh University Press, 2006
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Title: Founding Friends: Families, Staff, And ...

Publisher: Lehigh University Press

Publication Date: 2006

Book Condition:Good

Edition: 1st.

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"Founding Friends" is a history of day-to-day life inside the Friends Asylum for the Insane in early nineteenth-century Philadelphia. It uses an extraordinarily rich data source: the daily diaries that the Asylum's lay superintendents kept between 1814 and 1850. In their diaries, these men wrote about their own and their attendant staff's work. They also write about their patients: their conditions, the moral remedies applied, the medical prescriptions ordered by consulting physicians, the reasons for chosen treatments, and the responses of patients and staff to the particular interventions. The Asylum's lay superintendents also wrote with unusual candor and detail about their own and their attendant staff's feelings: about the joys and the frustrations of working daily with insane patients. These diaries offer a new perspective on institutional life. This book shows how intricate negotiations and shifting alliances among families, communities, patients, and staff emerge as the most compelling determinants of an institution's changing form and function.

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Patricia D'Antonio is associate professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.

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