A History of Psychiatry

Primum non nocere”~The Hippocratic Oath

First, do no harm.  This fundamental tenet is the basis for all medical care.  What I am most interested in is the approach that physicians took not just practically, but also morally.  What shaped the interpretive apparatus that they utilized initially, when they considered how to aid those who were mentally diminished? What form did that take?  And how did that form the function of their role and that of the institutions purpose and practices.  I found it interesting how Shorter offered insights into the beginnings of this field when the course was just being charted.  This made me wonder more about what life was like within these institutions.  This link http://www.jstor.org/stable/25542353 offers a unique insight into the nature of asylums in the early nineteenth century.

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