The History of Psychiatry Blog is under the direction of Greg Eghigian, PhD, with contributions by him and other history afficianados. Full bio here.
ECT: History of a Psychiatric Controversy
The author interviews Jonathan Sadowsky, PhD, historian of psychiatry, about his book Electroconvulsive Therapy in America: The Anatomy of a Medical Controversy.
Your Money or Your Life: A Reflection on the Health Care Industry
Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and this may indeed be the most telling legacy of the lost art of healing.
The Holiday Syndrome: Who Exactly Came Up With the Idea of Those Christmas Blues?
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?
Artists and Psychiatrists—or the “Art” of Psychiatry
Art theory from the 20th century onward—despite the latter day efforts at denial—was nearly indistinguishable from psychoanalytic theory, and it parallels the philosophical struggles and pains that continue to plague psychiatry.
Did Freud Ever Do This? A Reflection on the Epidemic of Crazy
“Hey, man, why is the world so crazy these days?”
Does Genius Equal Madness?
The Prinzhorn collection laid the groundwork for psychiatric art and inspired many modern artists.
Madness, Psychiatry, and the Visual Arts in History
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.
Top 10 Changes in Psychiatry
The events here were cited as the most important changes in psychiatry since 1945.
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