Mad Among Us (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Feb 21, 1994 - History - 400 pages
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In the first comprehensive one-volume history of the treatment of the mentally ill, the foremost historian in the field compellingly recounts our various attempts to solve this ever-present dilemma from colonial times to the present.

Gerald Grob charts the growth of mental hospitals in response to the escalating numbers of the severely and persistently mentally ill and the deterioration of these hospitals under the pressure of too many patients and too few resources. Mounting criticism of psychiatric techniques such as shock therapies, drugs, and lobotomies and of mental institutions as inhumane places led to a new emphasis on community care and treatment. While some patients benefited from the new community policies, they were ineffective for many mentally ill substance abusers. Grob’s definitive history points the way to new solutions. It is at once an indispensable reference and a call for a humane and balanced policy in the future.
  

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Review: The Mad Among Us: A History of the Care of America's Mentally Ill

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Review: The Mad Among Us: A History of the Care of America's Mentally Ill

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Comprehensive if a bit dry at times. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Caring for the Insane in Colonial America
5
Inventing the Asylum
23
The Emergence of American Psychiatry
55
Realities of Asylum Life
79
The Problem of Chronic Mental Illnesses 18601940
103
A New Psychiatry
129
Depression War and the Crisis of Care
165
World War II and New Models of Mental Illnesses
191
The Foundations of Change in Postwar America
223
The New Frontier and the Promise of Community Mental Health
249
Confronting the Mad Among Us in Contemporary America
279
Notes
313
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