Isability, institutionalisation and medicine

How have historical institutionthe asylum , shaped contemporary medicines understanding o mental disorders?

Critically discuss this question using the theoretical frameworks used in the module ie post structuralism .

the ability to critically evaluate the relationship between illness, impairment, disability and social the environment .


The skills to identify and evaluate an analytical account of the development of contemporary medicine as an institution of power and control.

The ability to acquire skills to collate and synthesize both empirical and theoretical information using sociologically informed explanations

Biomedical model to be critiqued and essay only to go up to pre NHS 1990 community care act.


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