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May 18, 1963

A treatise on madness, by William Battie, MD, and remarks on Dr. Battie's treatise on madness, by John Monro; a psychiatric controversy of the eighteenth century.

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Introduced and annotated by Richard Hunter and Ida Macalpine. Psychiatric Monograph Series 3. Various pagination. 50 shillings. Dawsons of Pall Mall, 16 Pall Mall, London SW 1, England, 1962

JAMA. 1963;184(7):605. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700200127051

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In the 18th century, when humanitarianism was converting English public attitudes, an academic controversy arose over the proper care of the mentally ill. The proponent of kindliness, pleasant quarters, and occupational therapy for these patients was Dr. William Battie. His suggestions were opposed by Dr. John Monro who argued that century-old attitudes needed no changes. Their views are republished in facsimile.

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