How Is Philippe Pinel's Theory Of Moral Insanity?

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Register to read the introduction… Pinel was the director of two insane asylums de Bicetre and later an asylum for women called Salpetriere. Pinel was intrigued by people that were habitual law breakers, seemingly out of their controllable and in all other facets of their life remained sane. Pinel’s theories differed from Rushes in that he took a more analytical approach rather than one based from a moral stand point. When Pinel took over Bicetre he decided to take an independent approach without any preconceived notions of his own or anyone else’s. He made an independent evaluation that led him to reject the thought that insanity was caused by a lesion on the brain. He believed the mind could become ill without and corresponding damage to the brain itself. This implied the mind whish at the time was associated with the sole could become ill and die. This said to the people of the time the soul was not immortal. In Pinel’s theory the finds five types of mental instability melancholy, dementia, idiocy, mania with delirium, and mania without delirium. Previously it was thought mania and madness was always accompanied by delusions. Pinel’s work showed it was not and he called this “manie sans …show more content…
The term and the work of all three of these men, at the time stretched to Germany, Canada and Italy. The roots to scientific criminality lie with the aforementioned men and their research in psychiatry. These three men were primarily interested in the diseases of the mind and approached it from different areas of research and all three came up with anomie insanity without rage, depression, hallucination, or delusions. None of the three profess to account for all crime but they look at remorseless criminals, apparently uncontrollable impulses, violent crime and recidivism and diagnosed it as mental

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