The Emergence of Child Psychiatry

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702327 | DOI:
The Emergence of Child Psychiatry

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This chapter examines the emergence of child psychiatry in England during the 1840s. It discusses Leonard Guthrie's book Functional Nervous Disorders in Childhood where he highlighted the enormous changes that took place in the final decades of the 19th century when there was a preoccupation with the ‘mind of the child’. It also discusses the novels that influenced Guthrie's interpretation of the problem concerning the study of the child of the mind. These are George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss and Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.

Keywords: child psychiatry; England; Leonard Guthrie; 19th century; George Eliot; The Mill of the Floss; Charlotte Brontë; Jane Eyre

Chapter.  11839 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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