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Rev. of The Mad Among Us: A History of the Care of America's Mentally Ill, by Gerald N. Grob
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Discusses the views of Louis Ferdinand Alfred Maury (1817-92), noted French scholar, on the psychology of the unconscious mind, suggesting that his views reflected not only conventional medical attitudes but also his disapproval of radical politics. Maury's ideas on hallucinations, dreams, and ...
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The article reviews the books "Making Marriage Work: A History of Marriage & Divorce in the Twentieth-Century United States" by Kristin Celello and "More Perfect Unions: The American Search for Marital Bliss" by Rebecca L. Davis.
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Rev. of Creating born criminals, by Nicole Hahn Rafter
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Rev. of Reconstructing American Education by Michael B. Katz
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One of the most curious gaps in the historiography of French psychiatry is the era between the fin de siecle and the 1920's, years that overlapped the life and career of Valentin Magnan (1835-1916), a pivotal figure in the historical classification of mental diseases. Magnan was in many ways a ...
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"Next to global warming, the most urgent international issue facing governments in the twenty-first century is likely to be the all-time low birth rates around the world, what pundits Ben Wattenberg and Philip Longman call the "birth dearth" and the "empty cradle," respectiv...
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Rev. of The Nazi War on Cancer, by Robert Procter
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Rev. of Approaching Hysteria: Disease and Its Interpretations, by Mark S. Micale
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Rev. of Console and Classify: The French Psychiatric Profession in the Nineteenth Century, by Jan Goldstein.
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Reviews the book "The Science of Human Diversity: A History of the Pioneer Fund" by Richard Lynn.
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The Societe Medico-Psychologique, which emerged in 1852 under the Second Empire, served as a means of professional identity for asylum psychiatry. It was the first alienist learned society in French history and psychiatry's first attempt at association. Designed as a medical specialist organization,...
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Rev. of The modern art of dying: A history of euthanasia in the United States, by Shai J. Lavi
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The conflicts over curriculum reform are connected to the changes in social relations presaged by the arrival of state schooling, using the example of the London Technical School in Ontario, Canada, in the early 20th century. The author discusses the debates over "vocational" versus "...
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One of the most neglected aspects of the history of eugenics in Canada and elsewhere is the contributions psychiatrists made to the debate over immigration restriction. To date historians of eugenics have tended to argue that physicians in general and psychiatrists in particular supported the medica...
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Describes the centralization, bureaucratization, and politicization of New York State's care for the insane that began with the State Care Act in 1890 and ended with the Brackett-Rogers bill in 1902. The State Care Act legislated hospitalization in state-funded asylums for all mentally ill pers...
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Examines the contribution of English public health activist C. Killick Millard to the euthanasia movement. Implications of the legislative decisions on the right to die; Contribution of the early twentieth-century Unitarians to humanism; Reaffirmation of the Christian messages of compassion.; Examin...