SOURCE: New York Times
Hans Asperger had been identified as an Oskar Schindler figure in the German medical community, with the diagnosis that bears his name helping to save many people from death under Nazi eugenic policies. But he also helped determine who would fall into the unfavored categories. Historian Edith Sheffer says it's time to retire his name.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Working with former Wilson aide William Bullitt, the founder of psychoanalysis produced a harsh depiction of the president as neurotic and self-sabotaging. The work's twisted path to publication after Freud's death was marked by doubts about Freud's actual role in the work.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Andrea Ens
Conversion therapies endure because their purpose is political, not therapeutic. They seek and symbolize the eradication of LGBTQ people from society and are promoted by groups who want that eradication to happen.
SOURCE: The New Republic
by Patrick Blanchfield
"If Freud himself, so attuned to the dark undercurrents of human behavior and so critical of our wishful illusions, proved unable to think clearly even as his country became unrecognizable around him and as nightmare after nightmare became real, what are our chances now?"
SOURCE: The Nation
by Danielle Carr
Hannah Zeavin's book traces the roots of the contemporary surge in mental health apps and pandemic-driven teletherapy, arguing that psychiatry has always relied on a fantasy of unmediated communion between two separate people that doesn't hold up to scrutiny.
SOURCE: Boston Review
by Marco Ramos
A historian of mental health reviews two new books and concludes that pharmaceutical and neurological approaches to mental health have failed and it's time to turn the lens onto society.
SOURCE: New York Times
"Critics operating both inside and outside the A.P.A. say that it still must overcome high hurdles to truly address its issues around racial equity — including its diagnostic biases, the enduring lack of Black psychiatrists and a payment structure that tends to exclude people who can’t afford to pay out of pocket for services."
SOURCE: Black Perspectives
by Natalie Shibley
Wendy Gonaver's book traces the relationiship between slavery and modern psychiatric medicine.
SOURCE: Nursing Clio
by Kylie Smith
Emotionally Disturbed: A History of Caring for America’s Troubled Children explores the development of Residential Treatment Centers (RTCs) for “emotionally disturbed” children.
SOURCE: New Yorker
Challenges to the legitimacy of the profession have forced it to examine itself, including the fundamental question of what constitutes a mental disorder.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK)
Crossrail archaeologists have unearthed the remains of patients from the infamous Bedlam Hospital, the world's first psychiatric asylum.The skeletons, unearthed in the UK's largest archaeological site, belonged to a few of the 20,000 people interred in a burial ground established adjacent to the psychiatric asylum.Crossrail's lead archaeologist Jay Carver said: "we've got a sixteenth century burial ground existing right below our feet in the road here, about two metres from where we're standing are the skeletons of perhaps up to four thousand people who live and died in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries."...
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