Closing the Asylum: The Mental Patient in Modern Society By Peter Barham

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Process Press is very pleased to announce a new edition of this classic book. Peter Barham has written a new 10,000 word prologue and Peter Campbell a new preface.

In this acclaimed book, first published almost thirty years ago, Peter Barham examines the changing fortunes of mental patients in the era of the asylum and after. He demonstrates powerfully that the closure of mental hospitals cannot meet the real needs of people with severe mental health problems without a profound rethinking of the role, rights and status of the former mental patient in society.