The patient’s view of work therapy
The mental hospital Hamburg-Langenhorn during the Weimar Republic
in Work, psychiatry and society, c. 1750–2015
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This chapter focuses on the Weimar period (1919-1933) and the German mental hospital (Staatskrankenanstalt) Hamburg-Langenhorn. It examines the wider political and social factors of that time that impacted on work therapy. Emphasis is on how patients perceived their role as inmates, responded to work therapy and dealt with an uncertain future on their discharge from the institution. Patient records as well as documents written by the patients themselves are used to engage with issues concerning the role of patient work during the 1920s.

Editor: Waltraud Ernst

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