Healing the Mind: A History of Pyschiatry from Antiquity to the Present


Long before the age of reliable psychodiagnosis (the last 200 years), a primitive vocabulary sprung up to address odd and unconventional people within the body social.
The history of psychiatry concerns efforts to identify, diagnose, and contain or treat these "wild," "mad," or "insane" people. This book starts with the Greeks 2,500 years ago and ends with a detailed look at current developments and trends.

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Long before the age of reliable psychodiagnosis (the last 200 years), a primitive vocabulary sprung up to address odd and unconventional people within the body social.
The history of psychiatry concerns efforts to identify, diagnose, and contain or treat these "wild," "mad," or "insane" people. This book starts with the Greeks 2,500 years ago and ends with a detailed look at current developments and trends.

Starts w/the Greeks 2,500 years ago and ends w/today's DSM-IV, incl. trends, movements & contributing forces.

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Editorial Reviews

Allan Tasman
“This is a terrific book for psychiatrists at all stages of their careers as well as other professionals and lay readers interested in the historical antecedents of modern psychiatric practice.”
Library Journal
These two books show how far and fast the field of psychiatry has changed in recent times. In Healing the Soul, a comprehensive easy-to-scan survey intended as a student reference, Stone (The Fate of Borderline Patients, Guilford, 1990) chronicles the persons, movements, and events that have contributed to modern psychiatry. Starting with accounts of aberrant behavior in religious texts, he traces the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness from ancient Greece to present times. Culling from sources in philosophy, science, and sociology, he gives increased space to developments since 1900, covering such topics as hospital, forensic, and child psychiatry as well as psychopharmacology, genetics, and psychobiology. Stone not only uncovers obscure writing foreshadowing current trends, but acknowledges contributions from outside North America and includes recent ethnological and cross-cul tural considerations. For most collections. Scull (The Most Solitary of Afflictions: Madness and Society in Britain 1700-1900, Yale Univ., 1993) and his British collaborators focus on the profession of psychiatry in 19th-century Britain. Masters of Bedlam examines the lives and careers of seven "mad-doctors" who, in their writings, research, and political lobbying, were influential in changing the profession from a marginal medical field to a specialty with its own academic training, journals, and professional associations. Though well researched, the format of this work, a series of biographies, assumes a basic background knowledge of historical details. An introductory chapter or appendix (as in Stone's work) outlining pertinent scientific and political developments would give this book wider appeal. For academic libraries and medical history collections.Lucille Boone, San Jose P.L., Cal.
A review of the history of psychiatry, describing major trends and profiling influential individuals in the field. Examines the role of religion in the development of psychiatry, and offers sections on the period through the 15th century, the 16th through 19th centuries, 1900-1959, the 1960s, and the 1970s. A final section covering 1980- 1996 looks at trends in areas such as psychoanalysis, hospital psychiatry, biological psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry. Includes a time line and a chronology. For students. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393702224
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 516
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Role of Religion in Healing the Mind
1 A Long and Winding Road: From Old Testament Times to Early Christianity 3
2 Descent into Darkness: From the Middle Ages to the Inquisition 17
3 Rumblings of Revolution: The Sixteenth Century 27
4 Firm Foundations in Empiricism and Classification: The Seventeenth Century 34
5 The Eighteenth Century: The Rise of Rationality 52
6 Nineteenth-Century Germany: From Romanticism to Empiricism 71
7 Nineteenth-Century France: Efforts toward Systemizing Illness 87
8 Nineteenth-Century Britain: Interests in Taxonomy and Heredity 104
9 Nineteenth-Century America: Modern Psychiatry Emerges with Technology 117
10 Italy, Russia, and Spain in the Nineteenth Century: Contributions from Less Active Areas 129
11 1900-1929: An Era of Expansion 137
12 1930-1949: Persecution and War Cause Many Psychiatrists to Emigrate from Europe 157
13 1950-1959: Developments in the United States Become Prominent 175
14 The Renaissance of Biological Psychiatry and the Diversification of Psychotherapy 201
15 Biological Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Genetics 220
16 The Flourishing of Objectifiable Science 239
17 General and Hospital Psychiatry 256
18 Biological Psychiatry and Genetics 266
19 Child Psychiatry 275
20 Neo-Darwinian Ethology: A New Look at the Human "Game Plan" 286
21 Biometrics, Taxonomy, Epidemiology: Progress in Measurement 301
22 Psychoanalysis: A Work in Progress 309
23 General Psychiatry: Psychiatry Becomes a Worldwide Enterprise 320
24 Hospital Psychiatry: The Movement toward Briefer Hospital Stays and Greater Use of Alternative Programs 337
25 Personality Disorders: The Study of Personality as a Rapid-Growth Industry 346
26 Biological Psychiatry 360
27 Child Psychiatry 382
28 Forensic Psychiatry 394
29 Other Recent Developments 415
Postscript: Twenty-First Century Trends 427
Timeline and Chronology 432
Bibliography 451
Index 483
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