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January 1948

Dr. Kirkbride and His Mental Hospital.

Arch NeurPsych. 1948;59(1):137. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1948.02300360147012

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Abstract

This is a homely and intimate story of one of the great figures of American psychiatry. Thomas Story Kirkbride turned from surgery to the care of the mentally sick and while still a young man took charge of a new development in hospital service in Philadelphia. He was a believer in the personal dignity of man even when the personality was disrupted by disease. He approached the problem not so much with investigative zeal as with a charming sympathy and attention to personal detail that won him a large following, not only among patients but also among his colleagues. Bond has given some intimate glimpses of the man and his work. Asking himself the question why Kirkbride was successful in his chosen field, he concludes: "The answer is that we are better scientists than Kirkbride and his friends, but not better people. We have machinery advanced and complicated beyond Kirkbride's

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