PsychOdyssey 320: History of Mental Illness Treatment

The field of Psychiatric Rehabilitation may only be newly evolved, but the history of mental illness treatment in which it serves extends far back in time. This course will describe the arc of mental illness history and highlight its advances and setbacks. It will also focus on the past and present heroes of psychiatric rehabilitation, such as Dr. Benjamin Rush, Philippe Pinel, Antonin Artaud, Dorothea Dix, Patricia Deegan, and Judi Chamberlin.

Reading list:

Deutsch, A. (1937). The Mentally Ill in America: A History of Their Care and Treatment From Colonial Times. New York: Columbia University Press.

Frank, R. G., & Glied, S. A. (2006). Better But Not Well: Mental Health Policy in the United States since 1950. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 184 pp.

Geller, J. L. (2000). The Last Half Century of Psychiatric Services as Reflected Psychiatric Services, Psychiatric Services, 51(1), 41-67.

Grob, G. N. (1994). The Mad Among Us: A History of the Care of America’s Mentally Ill. New York: Free Press.

Osborn, Lawrence A. (2009).  From Beauty to Despair–The Rise and Fall of the American State Mental Hospital. Psychiatric Quarterly, 80. 219-231.

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