The straitjacket, the bed, and the pill

Material culture and madness

Authored by: Benoît Majerus

The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138781603
eBook ISBN: 9781315202211
Adobe ISBN: 9781351784399


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The seat [. . .] consists of a sinkhole (a), a pot (b), discharge pipes (c) ventilation tubes (d). The whole device is covered up to the mouth of the sinkhole and the pot with wood; the pot is closed with a screwable tight lid. Sinkhole and pot are constructed like faïence tubes and have a wall thickness of 0.1’. [. . .] The inside diameter of the upper sinkhole measures 1.0’, the lower only 0.27’. 1

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