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History of Psychiatry Library

  • The Medicalization of Grief: What We Can Learn From 19th-Century Nervousness
    In a recent essay published in the New York Times, philosopher Gary Gutting1 raised concerns about DSM-5 revisions in the definition of depression. In particular, Gutting—like many others—worries that eliminating the bereavement exception in the guidelines for the diagnosis of MDD represents a dangerous move.
  • Taking Stock of the History of Psychiatry at H-Madness
    As fall semesters in the US—as well as another calendar year—come to an end, I thought I would take some time to report on the topics we covered this past fall over at h-madness.
  • Orthorexia Nervosa: Disease That Masquerades as Health
    When you turn on a television, surf the Internet, or eavesdrop on fellow subway riders, you inevitably hear a constant drumbeat of worry about weight. As the average American gets heavier, images of beauty are becoming increasingly emaciated.
  • The Early Psychiatrist: A Piercing Eye and Commanding Presence
    Among the many changes in psychiatric practice often attributed to the psychotherapist Carl Rogers was a shift in the therapist’s relationship with the patient. In particular, Rogers is rightly famous for advocating a “client-centered” or “person-centered” therapy.
  • Biomarkers for Mental Disorders: A Field Whose Time Has Come
    The development of laboratory biomarkers for major mental disorders started with Emil Kraepelin, regarded as the father of modern biomedical psychiatry.
  • Hypnosis and Medical Ethics in Germany
    When Leo Alexander, the psychiatrist who served as advisor at the Nuremberg doctors’ trial, helped draft the articles of the Nuremberg code, his attention was drawn to two earlier episodes in German medical history.