The mad in the mid-Norwegian region of Trøndelag 1809

Wenche BLOMBERG

Institutt for Kriminologi, PB. 6872 St. Olavs plass, 0130 Oslo, Norway
Tel. 22850133, Fax. 22850252
<wenche.blomberg@jus.uio.no>

 

In 1809 the mad in the Trøndelag region were counted as part of a reform initiative headed by the Diocese administration. This counting was based on material delivered by the local priests. A clear disparity is visible on comparing these numbers with those in the national census of 1801. The numbers of those who are referred to as mentally deviant in the area are far higher in the national census than in the specialized counting. This can illustrate both social and professional attitudes towards deviants at that time. The reform was aimed at an institutionalization of those most difficult to manage. Only these were seen as the responsibility of the region authorities.

 

Poster Session
Tuesday, 14 September 1999
14.00-15.40

The Neurosciences and Psychiatry: Crossing the Boundaries

Joint Congress of the European Association for the History of Psychiatry (EAHP), the European Club for the History of Neurology (ECHN), and the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN)

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