Morag Allan Campbell


Research Profile on Research@StAndrews

Thesis title: ‘This distressing malady’: Madness and childbirth in nineteenth century Scotland
Supervisor: Professor Aileen Fyfe and Dr Sarah Easterby-Smith

'My research explores puerperal insanity, the nineteenth century diagnosis of madness or mental illness associated with childbirth, looking at the diagnosis in a Scottish context, and in particular focussing on perceptions and understandings in the Dundee, Forfarshire and Fife areas.  My study investigates how far the diagnosis, and indeed the occurrence of postnatal mental illness as a condition in itself, was recognised and supported by medical practitioners in these areas, charting the course of the diagnosis through the course of the nineteenth and into the twentieth century.'