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November 6, 1948

Dr. Kirkbride and His Mental Hospital

JAMA. 1948;138(10):786-787. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900100066038

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Dr. Bond's book is not only an interesting, living profile of Dr. Thomas S. Kirkbride, the outstanding psychiatrist of his time, but is a notable addition to a rarely cultivated field, the history of psychiatry. Too often in this age we are so much intrigued with the important additions to a scientific discipline that we forget the labors and spirit of those pioneers who from few materials and with crude tools laid solid foundations without which the scientific superstructure could never have been erected. Such a pioneer and builder was Dr. Kirkbride. He not only realized that mental patients were human beings, people rather than psychoses, but constantly in his relation with patients he translated his beliefs and feelings into professional and personal behavior. Not routinely, but particularly and thoughtfully the medical, occupational and diversional needs of the patients under his care were served. In a sense he was the