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THIS survey set out to chart the changing response of Englishsociety to a series of questions-What is mental disorder? Whatforms of care should the cOintuunity provide? Who should be responsible for administering them? How far is it necessary to compel patients to receive treatment against their will? How can this be done without infringing the essential liberty of the subject? Acomparison of today's answers with those of 1845 shows how far we have moved in theory and practice in a little over a hundred years.