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The article discusses the work of 19th century psychiatrist and public health researcher Bénédict-Augustin Morel. Topics include Morel's beliefs about the heritability of health problems, the professionalization of psychiatry, and the emergence of Christian socialism in France. Also addressed are ...
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The article discusses cultural conflicts and social policies regarding euthanasia in the United states from 1950 to 2010. The author highlights high-profile legal cases related to euthanasia including, the trial of Dr. Herman Sander, the first U.S. physician to stand trial for euthanasia, the case s...
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Rev. of Madness Is Civilization: When the Diagnosis Was Social, 1948–1980, by Michael E. Staub,
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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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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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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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Anxiety has always been part of the human condition, with accounts of its various manifestations, including acute shyness and stage fright, dating back to classical antiquity. Nonetheless, since the end of the Second World War, reported levels of anxiety have risen alarmingly. At the beginning of th...
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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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