The ‘Common-Sense’ Treatment of Indian Insanity

Part of the Mental Health in Historical Perspective book series (MHHP)


This chapter analyses the failure of the colonial asylum system through a study of its treatment methods. Superintendents in Bombay adopted the ‘common-sense’ treatment of Indian insanity that entailed hybrid treatment methods. In Bombay, treatment methods from 1793 to 1921 essentially revolved around clothing, feeding, and occupying patients. The chapter argues that such treatment methods based on preconceived notions of Indians were often culturally insensitive. These treatment practices often led to greater abuse of patients, since there were no boundaries regarding what constituted moral treatment.

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  1. 1.Independent ScholarWellingtonNew Zealand

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