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I'm interested in the impact of utilitarianism upon English psychiatric care by way of the philosophy's influence on social reformers. More tenuously, I want to know whether and in what ways utilitarianism shaped theoretical writings on the nosology/aetiology of madness within the second half of the 18th century and the first half of the 19th amongst physicians.

  • I removed a paragraph from this question; I think the issues raised in that paragraph deserve a real discussion on meta.history.stackexchange. I don't have access to that site right now; could someone link this question to the appropriate reference question on meta, and potentially open a question on castigation & civility. (once the link & question are on meta, this comment will be obsolete.) – Mark C. Wallace Jan 22 '15 at 14:33
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    Yes I think every question I've asked has elicited a meta-discussion on the legitimacy of reference questions, even though this forms the backbone of history as a discipline, and can't easily (like many other questions on here) be answered by a quick internet search or be looked up in a book, seeing as not knowing about which books define the field is initially what prompts the question. – user6800 Jan 22 '15 at 21:22
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    We have changed the guidelines in response to the points you have made ; I appreciate your participation and your patience – Mark C. Wallace Jan 22 '15 at 21:24
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    Thanks, do you have a link for the changed guidelines? – user6800 Jan 23 '15 at 10:34
  • Improvements are suggested here, but the help center does not appear to be updated yet. Great development if it ends up being updated meta.history.stackexchange.com/questions/1993/… – Eivind Dahl Jan 23 '15 at 20:03

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