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History of Psychiatry

Welcome to History of Psychiatry

The History of Psychiatry Blog is under the direction of Greg Eghigian, PhD, with contributions by him and other history afficianados. Full bio here.

History of Psychiatry

Since ancient times, doctors have shown a good deal of interest in identifying seasonal patterns in the incidence of symptoms and disease. Could the holiday blues be a myth?

The Prinzhorn collection laid the groundwork for psychiatric art and inspired many modern artists.

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While much in the history of “madness” has changed over the course of time, one of the most consistent—yet sometimes overlooked—features of that history has been the presence of the visual arts.

The events here were cited as the most important changes in psychiatry since 1945.

The views of mental health experts on changes in psychiatric theory and practice since World War II.

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Playing helpless witness to a growing epidemic with no cure takes us back in time. The Hippocratics called it the “art” of medicine. It does not take a psychiatrist, however, to see that this “artful” approach frequently fails in public health crises.

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