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I am now writing up my thesis on the Mental Health of the British in Colonial India, 1900-47. I have twice visited the Central Institute of Psychiatry in Ranchi, northern India, to look at their archives from the period when it was the European Mental Hospital from its foundation in 1918 until Independence in 1947. I have included a chapter on psychiatric nursing and I wished to present a discussion paper on this topic and learn from the expertise of professional historians of nursing.

My research proposed that there were numerous stressful factors which could lead to mental illness amongst the British in India. The climate was alien and often hostile, for many there was social and geographical isolation and there was the permanent fear amongst whites of another Great Rebellion or Indian Mutiny like the one in 1857-58. I have written about

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Call for Abstracts

European Journal for Nursing History and Ethics (EJNHE) Second Issue 2019

The European Journal for Nursing History and Ethics is an interdisciplinary Open Access and peer- reviewed eJournal spanning the Humanities, Nursing Science, Social Sciences, and Cultural Studies. The journal is published online once a year with each edition having an individual theme. In addition, all volumes provide an open section that contains articles on various topics.

The Journal is seeking contributions to

  • the open section and

  • themed section.

Theme 2019: “Bads” in nursing: Negative experience as an impetus to reform in nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The theme for 2019 has been agreed in Cooperation with the Swiss Society of the History of Health and Nursing (GPG-HSS) and the European Association for the History of Nursing (EAHN).

Deadline for abstracts: November 30th, 2017.

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