The last half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth were formative years in psychiatry. Beginning with the humanization of the asylum and ending with the introduction of the first effective treatment for psychosis (Electroconvulsive therapy) the period contained the first attempts at psychoanalysis, neurological explanations of psychiatric disorders, proof of the aetiology of general paralysis of the insane, and the founding of the principles of modern classification. This collection of thirteen works covers some of the outstanding contributions made in the period 1856 to 1938, a time of extraordinary change in which the foundations of present-day practice were laid down. All of the papers are concerned with controversial subjects and related to scientific, ethical and social dilemmas. Each original paper is accompanied by a commentary written by a modern expert in the field, which sets the work in historical context and demonstrates its relevance to modern practice. This book is not intended simply as an academic study of an interesting subject. Its purpose is to give a greater insight and wider perspective on current controversies in psychiatry by returning to the origins of the discipline. As such the book constitutes essential reading for all involved in the practice and research of psychiatry and neurology, and will be welcomed by anyone interested in the development of modern medicine.
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Book Description John Wiley & Sons, 1987. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP64014582