mental alienation

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which has been found the most effectual control for moral and mental alienation.
To give one example: 'If during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries progress was measured by technological change then it is in gothic literature that the first forms of modern mental alienation concomitant with that change are documented' (4).
In the 1790s Jean Baptiste Pussin, himself once an inmate at Bicetre, and the better known Philippe Pinel insisted that those deemed mad be released from their shackles and treated as patients suffering from "mental alienation," which might be cured by skillful therapeutic measures.