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Mad Among Us: A History of the Care of America's Mentally Ill / Edition 1
     

Mad Among Us: A History of the Care of America's Mentally Ill / Edition 1

by Gerald N. Grob
 

ISBN-10: 067454112X

ISBN-13: 9780674541122

Pub. Date: 09/28/1995

Publisher: Harvard University Press

In the first comprehensive one-volume history of the treatment of the mentally ill, the foremost historian in the field compellingly recounts our various attempts to solve this ever-present dilemma from colonial times to the present.

Gerald Grob charts the growth of mental hospitals in response to the escalating numbers of the severely and persistently mentally

Overview

In the first comprehensive one-volume history of the treatment of the mentally ill, the foremost historian in the field compellingly recounts our various attempts to solve this ever-present dilemma from colonial times to the present.

Gerald Grob charts the growth of mental hospitals in response to the escalating numbers of the severely and persistently mentally ill and the deterioration of these hospitals under the pressure of too many patients and too few resources. Mounting criticism of psychiatric techniques such as shock therapies, drugs, and lobotomies and of mental institutions as inhumane places led to a new emphasis on community care and treatment. While some patients benefited from the new community policies, they were ineffective for many mentally ill substance abusers. Grob's definitive history points the way to new solutions. It is at once an indispensable reference and a call for a humane and balanced policy in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674541122
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.16(h) x 1.12(d)

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