This introduction introduces the analytical and historiographic frameworks interwoven with the major events in the life of Anna B. Blaser Miesse Ott. This includes marriage and divorce laws, the historical development of psychiatric institutions, the cultural power of diagnosis, and the use of ableism as an analytical tool. In addition, the introduction introduces the reader to historical methodologies, explaining how the marital, legal and medical structures in which Ott and those around her lived limited the evidence that remains regarding her.
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