Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
The Best Specimen of a Tyrant: The Ambitious Dr. Abraham Van Norstrand and the Wisconsin Insane Hospital
Foyalty 60

The Best Specimen of a Tyrant: The Ambitious Dr. Abraham Van Norstrand and the Wisconsin Insane Hospital (Paperback)

£19.95
To Order. Estimated despatch in 1-3 weeks.
Email me when back in stock

Synopsis

In 1847, young Dr. Abraham Van Norstrand left Vermont to seek his fortune in the West, but in Wisconsin his business ventures failed, and a medical practice among hard-up settlers added little to his pocketbook. During the Civil War he organised and ran one of the army's biggest hospitals but resigned when dark rumours surfaced about him. Back home, he accepted with mixed feelings the one prestigious position available to him: superintendent of the state's first hospital for the insane.Van Norstrand was a newcomer to the so-called "Hospital Movement," perhaps the boldest public policy innovation of its time, one whose leaders believed that they could achieve what had long been regarded as impossible, to cure the insane. He was a driven man with scant sympathy for those he considered misfits or malingerers. Even so, early observers were impressed with his energetic, take-charge manner at the hospital. Here at last was a man who stood firm where his predecessors had weakened and foundered. But others began to detect a different side to this tireless ruler and adroit politician. It was said that he assaulted patients and served them tainted food purchased with state money from his own grocery store. Was he exploiting the weak for personal gain or making the best of a thankless situation? Out of this fog of suspicion emerged a moral crusader and-to all appearances-pristine do-gooder named Samuel Hastings, a man whose righteous fury, once aroused, proved equal to Van Norstrand's own.The story of Abraham Van Norstrand's rise and fall is also the story of the clash between the great expectations and hard choices that have bedevilled public mental hospitals from the beginning.

Thomas Doherty lives in Madison, Wisconsin. His short stories have appeared in the Iowa Review, the Laurel Review, the Mississippi Valley Review, and other literary journals. His nonfiction has also appeared in a variety of publications from the Saigon Post to the Wisconsin Magazine of History. He won the 2008 Wisconsin Historical Society's Book Award of Merit for The Best Specimen of a Tyrant.

More books by Thomas Doherty

Leave Review

Delivery

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Standard Delivery FREE FREE 3-5 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Circadian
(Paperback)
Chelsey Clammer
 
 
£7.99
 
Student Mental Health: A Guide for...
(Paperback)
Laura Weiss Roberts
 
£46.00
£49.95
 
My Mummy & Me: All about Perinatal...
(Paperback)
Narelle Mullins; Eleanor Ball; Paul...
 
 
£12.99
 
© W&G Foyle Ltd
Foyles uses cookies to help ensure your experience on our site is the best possible. Click here if you’d like to find out more about the types of cookies we use.
Accept and Close