Rethinking post-war mental health care: industrial therapy and the chronic mental patient in Britain

Victoria Long

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The article argues that we need to examine how the transformations of psychiatric practice in the post-war era affected individuals suffering from chronic mental disorder, via an analysis which encompasses the biomedical and social dimensions of intra- and extra-mural care. It focuses upon the development of industrial therapy units in British psychiatric hospitals, in which patients undertook industrial sub-contract work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)738-758
Number of pages21
JournalSocial History of Medicine
Issue number4
Early online date10 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013



  • chronic mental illness
  • disability
  • psychiatric practice
  • post-war era

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