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This study group will be an interactional course on the History of Psychiatry. The groups will begin with the Ancient Greek and Roman understandings of madness. The importance of divine madness, medical madness, and anger - "the short madness" - will be topics. The next period examined will be the Renaissance and Reformation, especially the relation between the witch craze and madness as well as the early "treatment" of mental disorders. The Birth of Psychiatry at the end of the 18th century and the early 19th century with an emphasis on Moral Treatment will be reviewed. The 19th century and the rise of institutions, pharmacological treatment, the restraint controversies, forensic psychiatry, and the expansion of psychiatric diagnosis will be explored. The first half of the 20th century will focus on the rise of community psychiatry as well as the eugenic period including the horrors of Nazi psychiatry. The period of deinstitutionalization and community psychiatry following World War II, the anti-psychiatry movements, the exponential growth of psychiatric disorders, psychoanalysis and the rise of biological psychiatric treatments will all be discussed.Controversial topics such as: Do mental disorders exist?, involuntary treatment and restraint, lobotomy, homicidal violence and the mentally ill, will be part of the dialogue. Medical causes of mental disorders especially COVID 19 will also be explored. Questions, opinions, and discussions are expected throughout each study group class.
Instructor: Virgil Hancock
Virgil Hancock MD, MPH has been a practicing psychiatrist for thirty years. He worked primarily in inpatient units in Pima County. He was the Chief of Psychiatry for both St Joseph's and St Mary's hospitals. He also worked in substance abuse treatment centers, outpatient community clinics, and skilled nursing facilities. He taught residents and medical students from the University of Arizona Medical School for years. He taught a course on the History of Psychiatry to psychiatry residents for twenty-five years. He currently teaches Online Zoom courses to A.T. Still medical students and provides supervision at El Rio Community Clinic.
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