The previous chapter focused on the growth and dominance of the Victorian asylum system. This chapter summarises how, after the Second World War, the asylum went into a period of crisis for a variety of reasons, before declining. However, as we will note in Chapters 9 and 10, the professional routines of asylum-based psychiatry still remain powerful. Whilst the large hospitals have now been physically demolished or recommissioned for other purposes, the cultural impact of the asylum is still evident today. The story of the rise and fall of the asylum provides clues about the nature of this cultural inertia.
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