Away from the Field: Now and Then...a History Behind the History in the Treatment of Mental Health

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iUniverse, Dec 1, 2003 - Psychology - 374 pages
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"Away From the Field" is a comprehensive historical study of treatments, medications, and societal effects on mental illness. Readers are guided toward the three most important episodes of mental health history worldwide, the medieval, the enlightened and the modern periods. The vivid writing brings to life stories of influential historical figures, institutions, and the origins of nursing and it s effect on the mental health field. Readers will visit historical institutions such as Bedlam and explore the legend of the cult of Saint Dymphna in Ghell, Belgium and the history of the Kellogg brothers. In addition, this book highlights the struggles and challenges faced by early pioneers such as Philip Pinel, Benjamin Rush, Dorothea Dix, Clifford Beers, and Florence Nightingale and Sigmund Freud.

"Away From The Field" advocates patient independence, and shows the importance in educating family members and the general public about mental illness. It is an important tool for mental healthcare providers by emphasizing the treatment of patients as human beings with an illness, rather than just another diagnosis. To read "Away From The Field," is to embark on an enlightening experience, an awakening journey toward a better understanding of mankind. It is magnificent and significant to us all.

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