• History of Mental Health in the U.S.

    Mental Health in Colonial America

    Over the course of the past week we have been discussing the first few chapters of Gerald N. Grob’s The Mad Among Us, as well as several other documents from varying disciplines that address the beginnings of the history of mental health in Colonial America. It just so happens that I stumbled across an article in JSTOR that focuses on similar topics called “”Crazy Brained”: Mental Illness in Colonial America” by Larry D. Eldridge. One of the issues we identified with Grob’s work is that it lacked the individual perspective, seeming to fall more into the institutional perspective as well as keeping to “key figures” rather than focusing on examples…

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