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I am interested in the socio-legal aspects of mental health and disability. My dissertation focuses on the medical certification of insanity. Taking a transnational approach, I look at the diffusion of the “Imperial system of certification” in various jurisdictions. As a medico-legal study, this project engages with some of the most delicate issues in contemporary health policy, including stigma, expertise, and the law-medicine relationship in cases of involuntary confinements.
This paper investigates the certification of insanity through a standardized template called Form K which was used in Ontario between 1873 and 1883. My main thesis is that the introduction of the Form K had profound and long-lasting effects on the determination of insanity. In particular, it created a unique case in the history of certification, it...
This paper investigates the connection between the “Form 1 – Application by a Physician for Psychiatric Assessment” used today in Ontario and certificates of insanity employed during the institutionalization period in psychiatry. It argues that the Form 1 carries a remarkable history going back to certificates of insanity printed in Victorian Engla...
This paper investigates the nexus between the legal provisions for the certification of insanity and the introduction of psychological medicine into British medical education. Considering legal and published sources, it shows that the 1853 Lunatic Asylums Act proved fundamental for the promotion of medical psychology as part of medical training. By...
This paper investigates the role of admission forms in the regulation of asylum confinement in the second half of the nineteenth century. Taking the Toronto Lunatic Asylum as a case study it traces the evolution of the forms' content and structure during the first decades of this institution. Admission forms provide important material for understan...
This study examines Adolphe Quêtelet's conception of deviance. It investigates how he identified social marginalities and what actions he recommended governments to undertake. To get a close understanding of his views, this paper examines three cases of “monstrosities,” namely mental alienation, drunkenness, and criminality. My main thesis is that...
According to the conducted research it is possible to show two groups of critical issues in current mental health disciplines. One group can be named as «operational» that includes diagnostic flaws, doubts in treatments’ benefit and insignificant advancements in research over the last few decades. The other group of issues can be indicated as «theo...
Rivista di Psicologia Clinica 2/2016