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. 1993 Dec;27(4):556-9.
doi: 10.3109/00048679309075817.

Why Study the History of Psychiatry?

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Why Study the History of Psychiatry?

R T Mulder. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. .

Abstract

The history of psychiatry is being neglected. The major psychiatric textbooks no longer offer any overview of psychiatric history. Possible reasons for this indifference are discussed. It is suggested that a knowledge of our history is not only necessary in a general intellectual sense, but also specifically in enabling us to more easily tolerate the incompleteness and ambiguity of many of our concepts. Furthermore, it may help psychiatry to more convincingly explain the reality and consequences of mental illness to a sceptical public.

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