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BA Festival of Science

The Victorians, Childbirth and Insanity

Many women experience all sorts of delusions and strange ideas when they give birth. What happened to you in Victorian times if chidbirth made you 'mad'? This illustrated talk and exhibition by Cath Quinn from Exeter's Centre for Medical History tells the story of the women sent to Devon asylums with 'puerperal insanity', what happened to them there, wether being 'mad' made them 'bad' mothers, and whether they ever got out?

Exhibition: all week during opening hours of Exeter Central Library

Talks: Wednesday, 8 September, 1-2pm & Saturday, 11 September, 11-12am

Venue: Exeter Central Library

Free Admission to the exhibition and both talks.

Link: Centre for Medical History