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Långbros sista patient: Den svenska psykiatrins största gåta
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Throughout history, society's attempts to come to terms with mental disorders have varied along with theories regarding the origin of mental illness. Psychiatry has constantly developed in interaction with society at large and is arguably still the most rapidly changing, prejudice-loaded and controversial part of health care. In the late seventies Elisabeth became known as "Sweden's most dangerous woman" and for a long time she was considered to be psychiatry's greatest mystery. For decades Elisabeth was subjected to numerous therapies by a large number of experts, it was not until she reached the age of 35 that she was diagnosed with autism.

The overall aim of this thesis is to contribute to the history of psychiatry by highlighting an exceptional case where the power of psychiatry had serious consequences for an individual who found herself trapped within a dominating discourse, a case that to an extent has formed contemporary psychiatric history. More specifically, the aim is to shed light on Elisabeth's life story.

The project consists of a journalistic production, in the form of a radio documentary, and a theoretical part where the theoretical framework is presented and methodological and ethical issues are discussed. 

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Keyword [en]
Psychiatry, mental institution, mental illness, autism, documentary, radio, journalism
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-131003OAI: diva2:934890
Available from: 2016-06-09 Created: 2016-06-09 Last updated: 2016-06-09Bibliographically approved

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