George Ikkos and Nick Bouras (eds), Mind, State and Society: Social History of Psychiatry and Mental Health in Britain, 1960-2010

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In Mind, State and Society: Social History of Psychiatry and Mental Health in Britain, 1960-2010, George Ikkos and Nick Bouras have edited a valuable collection from historians, medical professionals and sociological and political contributors. The volume seeks to explore and explain changes in attitudes towards mental ill health through this period, as well as changes in patient and professional experiences. As a social history, the acknowledgement of lived experience and the inclusion of activist voices are crucial. The intention to ‘bear witness, inform and stimulate curiosity and research but not be exhaustive in detail’ (p. 2) has certainly been met.

The editors acknowledge a lack of focus on Northern Ireland, and so the use of ‘Britain’ in the title as opposed to ‘UK’ is explained. However, the collection opens with a 1972 poem from Robert Clough, a patient of Holywell Psychiatric Hospital in Antrim, Northern Ireland. The volume ends...
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalSocial History of Medicine
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Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2022

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