The art of medicine. [DVD] Victorian visions of child development
Contributor(s): WREN, Bernadette. chair.Series: Scientific Meeting of the Tavistock Centre and Portman Clinic 11th June. Publisher: London, Tavistock Clinic, 2013Description: 1 video disc (approx 80 min).
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In the Victorian era, early psychiatric writings on childhood were emerging in tandem with the great Victorian novels of childhood. The novels of Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, and George Eliot and other opened up new ways of thinking about children’s minds, and had an influence on the emerging sciences of child psychology and psychiatry. Their fiction helped to create a new sensitivity to the potential sufferings of childhood, and the life-long impact of these experiences. In the case of Dickens, his work helped launch a new diagnosis of ‘brain-forcing’ and a medical campaign for the improvement of education...