Black Psychiatrists and American Psychiatry / Edition 1

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Presenting a vivid historical account of the contributions that black psychiatrists have made to American psychiatry, this work documents the growth and influence of the group in tandem with the advancement of the field as a whole. It provides us with an appreciation for what the pioneers accomplished and the hurdles they overcame.

Spurlock and the book's many distinguished contributors provide an overview of the history spanning generations and various areas of psychiatry. It covers: • The early and contemporary pioneers and their contributions to modern psychiatry• Surveys of black psychiatrists in academia, child psychiatry, psychiatric research, forensic psychiatry, and psychoanalysis, which provide an enlightening view of their experiences• Personal reflections from some of the pioneers, which allow the reader to step into their shoes and experience how they lived• Barriers and coping mechanisms of black psychiatrists• Current mental health issues affecting African Americans

A useful work for psychiatry students or residents and for anyone interested in the history of American psychiatry.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Editorial Reviews

New England Journal of Medicine
This is an important work and is "must" reading for anyone concerned with psychiatric and medical education. The national demographic changes expected in the next few decades virtually demand that cultural competence become a primary focus of medical education, for both clinicians and researchers, and it is imperative that the wisdom and experience of black psychiatrists enrich this development. Black Psychiatrists and American Psychiatry provides a solid justification for renewed investment in diversity in psychiatry.
Journal of the American Medical Association
This was a fascinating book to read. It shares the story of a small group of nonwhite psychiatrists who have been struggling to make a contribution to the field of US psychiatry. As such, the editor has bestowed the gift of history upon American psychiatry lest it forget the persistent efforts of black psychiatrists in United States.
Fourteen papers provide historical review of the contributions and experiences of pioneering black psychiatrists, surveying black psychiatrists' specialties, personal reminiscences, and current mental health issues affecting African-Americans. A bust of Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller from his namesake Boston mental health center graces the cover of this volume. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890424117
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Spurlock, M.D., has held numerous positions including Director of the Children's Psychosomatic Unit at the University of Illinois; Chief of Child Psychiatry at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago; Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Meharry Medical College; and the Deputy Medical Director and Director of the Office of Minority National Affairs for the American Psychiatric Association. She has received several awards, including the honorary degree of Doctor of Science Award from Spelman College; the APA Solomon Carter Fuller, McGavin and Presidential Commendation Awards; the Institute of the Pennsylvania Award in memory of Edward A. Strecker, M.D.; and the Guardian for Children Award from the National Black Child Development Institute. Dr. Spurlock has also served as coeditor and coauthor of more than 33 publications.

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Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. Part I: Historical Reviews. Early and contemporary pioneers. Development of a department of psychiatry in a general hospital. Community psychiatry and work in the public sector. Development of the Department of Psychiatry at Meharry Medical College. Participant observer: the experiences of a black transcultural psychiatrist, 1972—1994. Black Americans in military psychiatry. Part II: Surveys. Black psychiatrists and academia. Child and adolescent psychiatrists. Black psychiatric researchers. Forensic psychiatrists. Psychoanalysts. Part III: Personal Reminiscences. Reflections of a commissioner of mental health and a head of a department of psychiatry. Reflections on the career of a black psychiatrist in the veterans administration. Part IV: Current Mental Health Issues Affecting African Americans. Mental health issues affecting African Americans. Index.

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