Adventures in Digital History

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 and case studies. While Eldridge’s article focuses on many of the same concepts, he appears to give more attention to that individual perspective.

I will not post the article here, since it is located in JSTOR’s database and therefore would be a violation of their Terms and Conditions for me to do so. I thought about password protecting this post with the same password for this course’s readings, but didn’t to avoid confusion. Instead, I have provided the citation with the appropriate JSTOR stable URL.

Eldridge, Larry D. “”Crazy Brained”: Mental Illness in Colonial America.” Bulletin of the History of Medicine 70, no. 3 (1996): 361-86. Accessed September 1, 2021.

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