September 18th 2023
Here’s what the historic case of the Genain quadruplets reveals about some deeper, uncomfortable truths about American society.
September 7th 2023
Exploring the connection between trauma and the etiology of schizophrenia, and the ways this connection was historically interpreted in the case of the Genain quadruplets.
August 28th 2023
“The Genain quadruplets have really gone down in psychiatric history for being the ‘poster girls’ for psychiatric genetics.”
August 22nd 2023
Awais Aftab, MD, and author Audrey Clare Farley, PhD, discuss Girls and Their Monsters: The Genain Quadruplets and the Making of Madness in America.
August 18th 2023
Awais Aftab, MD, interviews Audrey Clare Farley, PhD, author of Girls and Their Monsters: The Genain Quadruplets and the Making of Madness in America.
Daniel M’Naghten: The Man Who Changed the Law on Insanity
"Despite many unanswered questions, Daniel M’Naghten is forever remembered as the man who set a lasting legal precedent."
Clara Park’s Network of Correspondence About Autism
How one mother of a child with autism helped countless others better understand the autistic experience.
The History of Psychiatry—A History of Failure?
How does a recent critique of the history of psychiatry get it wrong?
A Pioneer of Psychosomatic Medicine
Widely recognized as the prime mover behind the psychosomatic medicine movement, Helen Flanders Dunbar, MD, PhD. was a clinician, writer, and founder of the American Psychosomatic Society.
The Man Who First Used ECT: Ugo Cerletti
Against the backdrop of European fascism, an Italian physician pioneered a new treatment.
Into the Snake Pit: An Interview with Ben Harris, PhD
Two doctors discuss the controversial, highly debated film, The Snake Pit.
Them: Must-See TV for Psychiatrists
Psychiatrists who want to understand white supremacy should watch this series…
A Tribute to Black History Month
As February comes to a close, we reflect on this month's contributions.
Race and Opioids: Lessons From the Civil War-Era Opioid Addiction Crisis
Black soldiers’ lack of access to opiate analgesics and antidiarrheals was typical, not exceptional, when considered within the broader scheme of Civil War medicine.
Purcell Pearson: A Young Black Man Who Dreamt of Becoming a Psychiatrist
A potential young psychiatrist lost too soon.
Why Is Black History Month Important to Psychiatry?
Black history is American history.
A Psychiatrist Weaving Conceptual and Empirical Work
An interview with Kenneth S. Kendler, MD, vice-chair of the American Psychiatric Association DSM Steering Committee, author of more than 1200 articles, and one of the highest-cited researchers in psychiatry.
Why Psychiatry Training Must Include Discussions on Structural Racism
The authors explore the impact of structural racism on psychiatry trainees and the patients they care for (and what can be done about it).
Mentorship: Salute to a Windy City Educator
Series Editor, Frank A. Clark, MD, introduces the Black History Month series by talking about his greatest mentor when so few were available.
Psychiatric Times Honors Black History Month
During the month of February, we will publish important stories commemorating Black History Month.
The Faces of Madness
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many diagnoses can it make? The photographer and psychiatrist Hugh Welch Diamond, MD, shares insights into the humanity and stigma of mental illness in Victorian England.
Nitrous Oxide and Alexander Hamilton’s Grandson
A prominent forensic psychiatrist and the grandson of founding father Alexander Hamilton, Allan McLane Hamilton, MD, was a proponent for the use of nitrous oxide for diagnostic and therapeutic use.
What Kind of Science Is Psychiatry?
Dr Pies offers an analysis of psychiatry’s place on the spectrum of science using “causality” and “meaning” as lenses.
Never Say Dye: the Roots of Modern Psychiatric Medicines in Nineteenth-Century Fabric Colorings
Weaving the story of modern psychopharmacology’s birth leads us to a most surprising origin.
The Doctors Who Cut Out Your Appendix to Fix Your Head
In the early 20th century, British and American doctors looked for the causes of mental illnesses elsewhere in the body, with gruesome results.
How Avicenna Recognized Melancholia and Mixed States—1000 Years Before Modern Psychiatry
Avicenna may have been among the first physicians to document that anger is often a transitional state from melancholic depression to mania—implicitly recognizing the “switch” phenomenon.
The Revolutionary Royalist Demonstrates the Anatomical Cause of a Psychiatric Illness
In 18th-century France, physicians searched for the causes of mental illness and debated how best to treat it.
The Walking Cure
As we slowly and cautiously work toward a practice where space can be shared between therapist and patient, perhaps Freud’s “walking cure” can be enlightening.
The First International Congress on Infantile Psychiatry
Solving the problems of “troublesome” children throughout the ages.
The Many Histories of Biological Psychiatry: Anne Harrington, DPhil
An interview with Dr Anne Harrington, who offers a stimulating and thought-provoking historical perspective on the evolution of biological psychiatry from the German histopathologists to the present time in her recent book.
Convergence Mental Health: A New Pathway for Transdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship
A paradigm shift is needed in order to solve the unprecedented complexities and challenges associated with the current global mental health crisis.
Alois Maria Ott: I Was Hitler's Psychologist
Adolf Hitler, the genocidal monster of the twentieth century, would not seem to be someone likely to seek psychological counseling, let alone respond.
The Spanish Flu Pandemic and Mental Health: A Historical Perspective
Have we learned anything? Looking back at the Spanish flu epidemic as the world deals with the COVID pandemic.
May 26, 1925: The First Malariotherapy Trial in Australia
Treatment for "the scourge of psychiatry" involved malariotherapy-infecting the patient with malaria; the resulting high fevers were believed to kill off the syphilis organisms.
Prevention of Covert COVID Iatrogenesis
In a time of panic, despair, and demoralization, art continues to inspire the author's reflections as it has over the last 40 years. Here, he shares some images that he finds inspirational and helpful. Even in winter there is hope.
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