What is it about?
Women are included in the early history of psychiatry rarely, if at all. When they are, it is either as fictional mad characters or as asylum matrons. In contrast, Susan Carnegie was a woman who saw a problem and solved it, resulting in the first asylum in Scotland and one of the first for those born into poverty in Britain.
Photo by Ian Cylkowski on Unsplash
Why is it important?
Two pioneers of humane treatment of mental illness are the focus of well-deserved praise: Philippe PInel who practiced in Paris and William Tuke of York Retreat. Susan Carnegie, a child of the Scottish Enlightenment and whose work predated theirs, deserves to be as well known.
Read the Original
This page is a summary of: The invisible woman: Susan Carnegie and Montrose Lunatic Asylum, History of Psychiatry, June 2019, SAGE Publications,
You can read the full text:
The following have contributed to this page