Available beginning February 15, this anthology of primary sources chronicles the history of madness and psychiatry in western civilization, from ancient Israel to contemporary randomized clinical trials. It also includes an updated bibliography of first-person narratives of mental illness compiled by Gail A. Hornstein. For more information click here.
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In the latest issue of Psychiatrie Sciences Humaines Neurosciences the French psychiatrist Granger tells the story of San Servolo, an island situated between San Marco and the Lido, from the 11th century on: first as the seat of a convent than of a mental hospital till its closure in the 1970s thanks to the law n°180.
In a recent number of the French journal of social history, Genèses, Nicolas Henckes publishes an article on the psychiatric hospital reform during the 20th century in France.
The abstract: Borrowing the view of institutions developed by symbolic interactionism and the adopting the point of view of reform process trajectories, this article proposes a framework for analysing psychiatric hospital reform during the 20th century. It objects to the idea that the reform was linked to an institutional crisis and emphasises, on the contrary, the work required to create the conditions under which a certain number of problems can be raised and discussed by the actors at the various moments in history.
Jonathan M. Metzl, author of the well-known Prozac on the Couch, publishes a new book of how schizophrenia became the diagnostic term overwhelmingly applied to African-American men in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. For more, click here.
Jonathan M. Metzl, The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease (Boston: Beacon Press, 2010).
In the latest edition of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences (1/2010) Jonathan Goodheart publishes an article on Insane Poor in Nineteenth-Century Connecticut.
The Abstract: Connecticut was the exception among the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic states in not founding a public institution for the insane until after the Civil War when it opened the Hospital for the Insane at Middletown in 1868, a facility previously neglected by scholars. The state had relied on the expedient of subsidizing the impoverished at the private Hartford Retreat for the Insane that overtaxed that institution and left hundreds untreated. Despite abundant evidence to the contrary, well meaning officials oversold the idea that the Middletown site would promote cures and be cost effective. A number of unanticipated consequences occurred that mirrored fundamental changes in nineteenth-century psychiatry. The new hospital swelled by 1900 to over 2,000 patients, the largest in New England. Custodianship at the monolithic hospital became the norm. The hegemony of monopoly capitalism legitimated the ruling idea that bigger institutions were better and was midwife to the birth of eugenic responses. Class based psychiatry—the few rich at the Retreat and the many poor at Middletown—was standard as it was in other aspects of the Gilded Age. Public policy toward the insane poor in Connecticut represents an outstanding example of the transition from antebellum romanticism to fin de siècle fatalism.
Jeudi 26 Novembre 2009
Emmanuel Dellile : La loi Faure (1968) et ses répercussions sur l’enseignement de la psychiatrie, de la psychologie et de la psychanalyse : recherche sur un réseau et sur un cercle de sociabilité.
Jeudi 28 Janvier 2010
Arnaud Esquerre : Les cendres, le droit et le travail de deuil.
Jeudi 25 Février 2010
Claire Le Roy Hatala : Le handicap psychique en entreprise.
Jeudi 25 Mars
Baptiste Brossard : « Troubles psychiques », « symptômes », « pathologies » : enjeux pratiques et épistémologiques pour les sciences sociales.
Jeudi 29 Avril
Nicolas Sallée : Clinique de la délinquance juvénile. Le rapport ambivalent des psychologues au « judiciaire », entre refus de l’expertise et usages des normes pénales.
Jeudi 27 mai
Laïla Salah-Eddine : la transformation des identités et pratiques professionnelles dans le champ psychiatrique .
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