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January 30, 1937

Recollections of Richard Dewey, Pioneer in American Psychiatry: An Unfinished Autobiography

JAMA. 1937;108(5):421. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780050077037

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These memories of a pioneer American psychiatrist were left incomplete by his death at the age of 85 and have been edited by his daughter. He describes his early life and his education just after the Civil War period. His experiences as a contract surgeon in the German army during the Franco-Prussian War are intensely interesting and alone justify acquiring the book. After his return to this country he engaged in the institutional care of the insane and was head of the State Hospital at Kankakee, Ill., from 1879 to 1893. Reforms he instituted there were widely adopted and revolutionized the care of the insane in this country. His memoirs constitutea valuable record of progress in this field.

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