Moral Treatment at the York Retreat for The Insane: 1796-1813

Wednesday April 5, 1 p.m.-2:20 p.m.
Racanelli Center Room 422

Louis Charland, Ph.D.
Department of Philosophy, Department of Psychiatry & Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Western Ontario

William Tuke, a Quaker and successful tea merchant, opened the York Retreat in 1796. The purpose of the Retreat was to care for mentally ill Quakers in an intimate family environment staffed by fellow Quakers. The success of this small lay enterprise is legendary, and to this day the Retreat still functions as innovative centre for psychiatric care. In this presentation, Dr. Charland will examine the philosophical assumptions and practical approach to clinical care that were responsible for the success of the Retreat in its early years.

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