Highlights of american psychiatry through 1900


In 1860, Elizabeth Packard, who differed with the theology of her clergyman husband, was forcibly placed in an Illinois state hospital. She remained there for 3 years. At that time, Illinois law stated that “married” women could be hospitalized at a husband’s request without the evidence required in other cases. Want to know how this ended?

The Question of Patient Restraint in 1900?

Women were not welcomed into the medical profession during the first half of the 19th century. Many arguments against women becoming physicians were physiological and neurological: would the education and training required make a woman unfit for her “primary duty,” childbirth? And was rest (physical and mental) necessary during menstruation? Want to know when this was abolished?

American asylums were influenced by visits of their superintendents and others to European hospitals. Want to know about these developments?

Have a look at 19th-Century Psychiatric Debates.