Professions and the identification of mental incapacity in eighteenth-century Scotland

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Abstract

Eighteenth-century Scottish legal procedures to investigate the mental capacity of an individual to manage his or her own affairs are examined to discover the relative significance of different professional and lay groups in identifying disabilities. The role of medical men, lawyers and non-professionals is set in the context of contemporary social and political priorities in order to question simple models of medicalisation. A substantial body of empirical evidence is used to reveal the subtle gradations of power in different domestic, legal and institutional domains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-466
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Historical Sociology
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001

Keywords

  • MEDICINE

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