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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 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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The article presents a case study of a medical research mission to Moscow in the Soviet Union in 1946. It describes a mission undertaken by U.S. marriage and family counselor Emily Hartshorne Mudd to Moscow with American-Soviet Medical Society (ASMS) business manager Robert Leslie and Mudd's husband...
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"This is the story of one of the most far-reaching human endeavors in history: the quest for mental well-being. From its origins in the eighteenth century to its wide scope in the early twenty-first, this search for emotional health and welfare has cost billions. In the name of mental health, m...
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Rev. of Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell, by Paul A. Lombardo.
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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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"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 modern art of dying: A history of euthanasia in the United States, by Shai J. Lavi
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Rev. of Console and Classify: The French Psychiatric Profession in the Nineteenth Century, by Jan Goldstein.
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Presents several reader correspondence on Christianity published on the periodical "First Things"; October 2003 issue. Salvation of the unbeliever; Punishment for sinners; Messianic faith of Orthodox Jews.; Presents several reader correspondence on Christianity published on the periodical 'Firs...
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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 activities of the Euthanasia Society of America (ESA) and the Association for Voluntary Sterilization (AVS) during the 1940's-60's suggest that historians should consider birth control, eugenic sterilization, and euthanasia as closely linked elements in the American liberal tradition o...
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Rev. of The Nazi War on Cancer, by Robert Procter
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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...
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The concept of paranoia as a distinct illness was proposed by Emil Kraepelin (1856-1926), opposed by followers of Sigmund Freud and Adolph Meyer, and then repopularized by the authors of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The concept's continued popularity will depend on...
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Rev. of Creating born criminals, by Nicole Hahn Rafter
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Rev. of The Most Solitary of Afflications: Madness and Society in Britain, 1700-1900, by Andrew Scull and Psychiatry for the Rich: A History of Ticehurst Private Asylum, 1792-1917, by Charlotte MacKenzie
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Rev. of The Mad Among Us: A History of the Care of America's Mentally Ill, by Gerald N. Grob