Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Chris Millard
    Pages 62-96 Open Access
  3. Chris Millard
    Pages 120-153 Open Access
  4. Chris Millard
    Pages 154-191 Open Access
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 212-268

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY license and charts the rise and fall of various self-harming behaviours in twentieth-century Britain. It puts self-cutting and overdosing into historical perspective, linking them to the huge changes that occur in mental and physical healthcare, social work and wider politics.


Self-harm Open Access self-cutting overdosing attempted suicide history of medicine history of psychiatry psychiatry liaison psychiatry Suicide Act Mental Health Act social work National Health Service Accident and Emergency welfare state neoliberalism health neurobiology service stress suicide

Authors and affiliations

  • Chris┬áMillard
    • 1
  1. 1.Queen MaryUniversity of LondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-54773-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52962-6
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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