The book is structured in six chapters, the first of which is an introduction dealing with the functioning of the LLHA and other specialist hospitals in the nineteenth century.
Even the running of the LLHA replicated the organisation of a respectable household, with the secretary as the paterfamilias and the matron as the decent, respectable wife, despite the fact that, in the hospital setting, they were not and could not be married (62).
The last chapter in the book deals with life in the LLHA at the turn of the century, and includes new perspectives on the physical and moral cure of deviant women.
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