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History of American Psychiatry - Chapter Summary
This engaging chapter offers a fun examination of American psychiatry's history. Experienced instructors with a wealth of psychiatry knowledge have developed lessons that can build your understanding of asylums, mental institutions and changes in the field of psychiatry during World War II. Review these lessons any time your schedule permits using any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. If questions arise about specific lesson topics, feel free to submit them to our experts via the Dashboard. Use our mini quizzes and chapter exam to test your knowledge of key concepts. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:
- Outline and discuss the history of asylums in the 1800s
- Detail changes that occurred to mental asylums in the 1950s
- Explain how and why American psychiatry transformed during and after World War II
1. The History of Asylums in the 1800s
During the 1800s, treating individuals with psychological issues was a problematic and disturbing issue. These patients were maintained in places called asylums, and were usually subjected to conditions that today we would consider horrific and inhumane.
2. Mental Institutions in the 1950s
How were mental institutions different in the mid-20th century? In this lesson, we'll look at mental institutions in the 1950s, including the rapid changes that occurred during that decade.
3. Transformation of American Psychiatry During & After World War II
All fields of focus change over time. Sometimes there is a catalyst for change. This lesson specifically reviews changes in the field of psychiatry seen during and after World War II.
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