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October 23, 1937

The Mind of Man: The Story of Man's Conquest of Mental Illness

JAMA. 1937;109(17):1388. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780430066027

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Abstract

This is a fascinating volume on the history of psychotherapeutics. If one remembers that this branch of medicine has been ignored by historians, particularly in the United States, the significance of the present volume cannot be overlooked. It is the first volume of its kind, and it is carefully and interestingly written. The picture of the development of psychiatry from the earliest ages up to the present time is consistently and carefully enumerated. Space is given to the point of view of the ancients, and the development of thoughts about the treatment of mental disorder is carried fairly consistently through the Middle Ages, the witchcraft craze, and the earlier days of liberalizing the treatment of the insane by Pinel and others. The author does not hesitate to include as contributors in this field the works of such people as Mary Baker Eddy, Mesmer and others who have in the past

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