American Insanity: A Historiography of Mental Illness (1780-1920)
Journal Title:NETSOL: New Trends in Social and Liberal Sciences
The topic of mental illness and its treatment did not become a popular subject for historical research until the 1960s. New Left and Social historians had begun to study the history of the working class, thus expanding the interests of the researcher beyond the social elite. However, few historians chose to study social deviance or mental illness until the publication of Michel Foucault’s Madness and Civilization in 1961.