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    Removing the ‘veil of secrecy’: public inquiries as sources in the history of Psychiatry, 1960s - 1970s

    Hide, Louise (2022) Removing the ‘veil of secrecy’: public inquiries as sources in the history of Psychiatry, 1960s - 1970s. In: Millard, C. and Wallis, J. (eds.) Sources in the History of Psychiatry, from 1800 to the Present. Routledge Guides to Using Historical Sources. London, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9780367541231. (In Press)

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    In the late 1960s, the first inquiries were held into claims of abuse and malpractice in certain NHS psychiatric and ‘mental handicap’ hospitals. As they continued through much of the 1970s, political indifference, failures in clinical leadership, poor management and pernicious ingrained hospital cultures were revealed. Much of the vast repository of inquiry documentation that was generated at the time provides historians of today with immensely important insights into government interests, the impacts of NHS policy, and the cultural mechanisms that prevailed inside these large institutions. This article provides an overview of how the inquiries came about and were run, together with a summary of where to find sources today. It reflects on some of the epistemological and ethical questions that should be taken into account during the analysis and writing up of the research, together with the potential challenges that come from working with such sensitive sources.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Hospital inquiries, Abuses, Methodologies, Ethics, Sensitive sources
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Louise Hide
    Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2021 13:25
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:12


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