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De fattige sinnssyke Om etableringen og utviklingen av sinnssykepleien i Norge, med særlig fokus på fattige sinnssyke i Lister og Mandals amt fra 1860 til 1882.

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A study of how Norway established legislation governing the care for mentally ill persons in the 19th-century. Based on analysis of annual rapports over the mentally ill persons cared for by the poor commissions in what today is known as the Vest-Agder region in the years 1860 - 1882. The study show that while doctor Herman Wedel Majors work to establish rights and legislation for mentally ill persons, these laws to some extent only ended up legitimizing cruel and inhumane care. However in a micro perspective some had their lives marginally improved. For example one person went from living tied up naked covered with hay in the barn to being kept indoor with the other people on the farm. This marginal improvement came to be as a direct result of legislation and the district doctors annual visits to all mentally ill persons cared for by the local government.
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