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Books, Journals, New Media
February 23, 2005

Mental Illness, History

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(8):1007-1012. doi:10.1001/jama.293.8.1009

Looking down on the chasm of the Columbia River Gorge, one is inspired by the grandness of the cliffs, the power of the river, and the thousands of years it took to cut its path. One wonders about both the past and the future and what the canyon might look like in another thousand years.

Reading Theodore Millon’s Masters of the Mind: Exploring the Story of Mental Illness From Ancient Times to the New Millennium is like gazing down on such a canyon. It is an awe-inspiring history of our understanding of mental illness, showing where we as mental health professionals have come from and where are we now. It inspires us to think about what the treatment of the mentally ill might look over the next millennium.

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