Penitentiary Practice: Healthcare and Medicine in Minnesota State Prison, 1855-1930

Margaret L Charleroy

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis


Medicine in American prisons came to be defined by a characteristic set of health concerns and treatment challenges through the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Foremost among them was the essential tension between the prisons retributive, disciplinary, or reformatory objectives and the ideals of care at the core of medical practice. This dissertation examines the history of the American prison and its population by considering the prison as a medically therapeutic and rehabilitative institution constrained by its punitive mission, using the Minnesota State Prison at Stillwater as a primary case study. It situates the prison within a historiography of medical institutions that has heretofore focused on hospitals and asylums.
Original languageEnglish (US)
  • Gunn, Jennifer, Advisor
Place of PublicationMinneapolis, MN
StatePublished - 2013


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