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The Mental Treatment Act 1945 had a decisive influence on the provision and development of psychiatric services in Ireland. This paper examines: (a) the historical and psychiatric backgrounds to the introduction of the Mental Treatment Act 1945; (b) the main provisions of the Act; and (c) the...
The chaotic psychiatric nosology of the late nineteenth century needed a strong and new foundation, but when Kahlbaum died in 1899, some German psychiatrists realized that a great opportunity had been missed: his proposal to classify psychiatric disorders according to their course and...
Autobiography of a Schizophrenic , published in 1951, is one of the earliest examples of the fictional mental breakdown memoir written in English. Its unknown author should also be considered prophetic of the anti-psychiatry movement that would flourish a decade later in the 1960s. The anonymous...
Cajal (1852—1934) first had contact with the fields of psychiatry and psychology through the experimental study of hypnotism. He interpreted this phenomenon as an aberrant failure of the machinery of the brain. It may be that Cajal's initial interest in the theory of hypnotic suggestion...
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