Childhood in Post-Darwinian Psychiatry

Shuttleworth Sally

in The Mind of the Child

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199582563
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702327 | DOI:
Childhood in Post-Darwinian Psychiatry

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This chapter examines discourses concerning child insanity in England during the 19th century. After Charles Darwin's publication of On the Origin of Species, the ideas of inheritance came to play an increasingly large role in psychiatric discourse. The common simile, that a child is like an animal, took on new literal forms. The first major statement on child insanity during this period came from Henry Maudsley's The Physiology and Pathology of the Mind. This was one of the first accounts that placed childhood mental disorders in an evolutionary perspective.

Keywords: child insanity; England; Charles Darwin; On the Origin of Species; child psychiatry; Henry Maudsley; inheritance

Chapter.  10653 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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