Archive for December, 2010

Psychiatric Times: What Universities are Teaching About the History of Psychiatry

Psychiatric Times is now featuring its December blog installment from the editors at H-Madness.  In “What Are Universities and Colleges Teaching About the History of Psychiatry and Mental Illness,” Greg Eghigian offers some cursory reflections on the series about teaching that H-Madness ran back in August and September.  He discusses what the syllabi and comments of instructors tell us about who is teaching what about the history of psychiatry, psychotherapy, and mental illness, and he offers some suggestions for improving the scope of course content.  You can read the piece here.  Remember, however, you must register in order to access articles on the site, but registration is free.

New Issue – History of Psychiatry


Care of the insane in Lübeck during the 17th and 18th centuries
Horst Dilling, Hans Peter Thomsen, and Fritz Hohagen
History of Psychiatry 2010;21 371-386
From stack-firing to pyromania: medico-legal concepts of insane arson in British, US and European contexts, c.1800-1913. Part 2
Jonathan Andrews
History of Psychiatry 2010;21 387-405
Forgotten paths: culture and ethnicity in Catalan mental health policies (1900-39)
Josep M Comelles
History of Psychiatry 2010;21 406-423
‘War neurosis’ during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39)
Olga Villasante
History of Psychiatry 2010;21 424-435
Diagnostic politics: the curious case of Kanner’s syndrome
Kurt Jacobsen
History of Psychiatry 2010;21 436-454
One hundred years after Sigmund Freud’s lectures in America: towards an integration of psychoanalytic theories and techniques within psychiatry
Leon Hoffman
History of Psychiatry 2010;21 455-470
Malaria fever therapy for general paralysis of the insane in Denmark
Jesper Vaczy Kragh
History of Psychiatry 2010;21 471-486
‘Divisions of Personality and Spiritism’ by Alfred Binet (1896)
Carlos S Alvarado
History of Psychiatry 2010;21 487-500
The end of the asylum era in Central-Eastern Europe
Gábor Gazdag, Brigitta Baran, Zoltán Rihmer, and Max Fink
History of Psychiatry 2010;21 501-504
Book Review: Carol Berkenkotter, Patient Tales: Case Histories and the Uses of Narrative in Psychiatry, The University of South Carolina Press: Columbia, 2008; 201 pp.: 9781570037610, $39.95 (hbk)
Allan Beveridge
History of Psychiatry 2010;21 505-506
Research on the history of psychiatry: Dissertation Abstracts, 2009 (Part 1)
History of Psychiatry 2010;21 507-510
The Supercourse: appeal for lectures on the history of medicine and science
History of Psychiatry 2010;21 511

Histoire sociale/Social history

The May 2010 issue of the Canadian academic journal Histoire sociale / Social history has just been added to the online MUSE project database.  In this particular issue, you’ll find an article by Danielle Terbenche entitled A solider in the service of his country”: Dr. William Rees, Professional Identity, and the Toronto Temporary Asylum, 1819-1874. The abstract reads:

The first medical superintendent of the Toronto Lunatic Asylum, physician Dr. William Rees, found his tenure from 1841 to 1845 marked by financial struggle, extensive administrative conflict, and physical injury. His personality along with these events have given rise to negative portrayals of Rees as an inept administrator. Less known are his social contributions beyond his asylum work. A more extensive assessment of Rees suggests the value of his biography as a study of Upper Canadian professional and class status. While Rees’s occupational endeavours before 1841 enhanced his status, negative experiences at the asylum changed this pattern and caused an ongoing decline in his social status after 1845.

Conference – European Conceptions of “Life”: Biology, Psychology, Philosophy 1850-1950

The Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History and
the Remarque Institute at New York University
present a conference in european intellectual history:

European Conceptions of ‘Life’: Biology, Psychology, Philosophy 1850-1950
Friday, December 10, 2010

Perched between different conceptions and practices of the life sciences, philosophy, historical inquiry and political purpose, the concept of life emerged in the later nineteenth century as a site of tension in and between different movements that drew upon its manifold ties and used it at times in a vague and popular and at others in highly precise fashion. What kind of “vague” concept was this? How did it become useful, what confusions and contrasts did it allow for, and how did different different disciplines and sciences take up its very notion? This conference aims to present different ways in which conceptions of life in the life sciences, especially in biology and psychology facilitated problems, concepts, and a guides of philosophical, scientific, and political thought.

Conference Program 

9:45-10 Introduction (Stefanos Geroulanos, NYU History)

10:00-12:30 Moderator: Anson Rabinbach (History, Princeton University)

Jan Goldstein (History, University of Chicago)
The Tocqueville-Gobineau Correspondence: Political Affiliations of the Flesh, circa 1850
Knox Peden (History, Tulane University and University of Queensland)
The Alkaline of Recapitulation: Haeckel and History
Ben Kafka (Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University)
The Destiny of Anatomy (On Marie Bonaparte)

Lunch Break

2:00-3:45 Moderator: Andreas Killen (History, City College of New York)

Camille Robcis (History, Cornell University)
Child Psychoanalysis in France and the Oedipalization of Life
Stefanos Geroulanos (History, New York University) and Todd Meyers (Anthropology, Wayne State University)
Kurt Goldstein and the 1930s Revision of Physiology

4:15-6:00 Moderator: Bruno Strasser (History of Science, Yale University)

Ruth Leys (Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University):
Vital Affects: Historical and Theoretical Reflections

Benjamin Lazier (History, Reed College):
Biospherics: Globalizing Life in the Twentieth Century

The conference will be held at the Remarque Institute Seminar Room
King Juan Carlos Center Room 324. 53 Washington Square South.
New York University. New York, NY 10012

Please note that space is limited. If you would like to attend, please reply to and RSVP.

Deinstitutionalisation in psychiatry as a possible resource

A Romanian – Italian symposium of Psychiatry took place at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila” (Bucharest) on November 25-26 2010. Here is the program:


Romanian – Italian symposium of Psychiatry

University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila”- Aula Magna

(Bucharest, 25th and 26th November 2010)


8.45 – 10.10

Arrival of participants, introduction speeches

Panel 1

The Romanian and Italian experience of deinstitutionalisation in psychiatry

Chairman: Prof. Dr. Pompilia DEHELEAN, Head of The Romanian Association of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Pro-rector and Head of the Department of Psychiatry, UMF “Victor Babes” Timisoara


Matt MUIJEN, Regional Adviser for Mental Health WHO Regional Office for Europe – Challenges for community based mental health services in Europe


Prof. Dr. Ileana BOTEZAT ANTONESCU, President of the Romanian Federation of Psychotherapy, Director of The National Centre of Mental Health and Fight against Drugs Bucharest – Deinstitutionalization in mental health services in Romania – between aspiration and reality


Dr. Lorenzo TORESINI, psychiatrist ASL Merano – Deinstitutionalisation in Italy: Franco Basaglia and the introduction of ethics in the medical treatment


Prof. Dr. Dan PRELIPCEANU, Medical Director at “Prof. Dr. Alexandru Obregia” Psychiatry Hospital Bucharest – A reformation project of the mental health services – sources, solutions, and limits. A critical approach.


Prof. Dr. Luigi ATTENASIO, Director of the Mental Health Department of the ASL Rome C, National President of „Psichiatria Democratica Europa”

Dr. Walter GALLOTTA, Director of the psychiatric hospital service unit “Diagnosis and Treatment” S. Giovanni Hospital, Rome

Dr. Angelo DI GENNARO Basaglia theories and practices in a Mental Health Department of a metropolitan city: towards the implementation of international development programmes in co-operation with an NGO (CESVI)


Dr. Patrizia D’ONOFRIO, psychologist, ASL E Rome – Changes in the role of the care function following the law no. 180: an impressive challenge and a creative engagement


Dr. Roberto MEZZINA, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre – Trieste Mental Health DepartmentDeinstitutionalization in East European countries: the role of WHO Collaborating Centre of Trieste in the reform process


Dr. Bogdana TUDORACHE, President of the Romanian League for Mental Health and Raluca NICA, psychologist, Director of the Romanian League for Mental Health – The role of NGOs in the development of mental health in Romania


Public debate


Lunch break

Panel 2

Overcoming contention as a milestone for deinstitutionalisation

Chairman: Prof. Dr. Tudor UDRIŞTOIU, Scientific secretary UMF Craiova


Dr. Bruno NORCIO, Deputy Director of Mental Health Department of Trieste and former Head of Psychiatric Emergency Service – Overcoming of contention. How can it be done?


Dr. Gaetano INTERLANDI, psychiatrist Caltagirone Catania – SPDC no restraint in the middle of a decentralised organization


Prof. Dr. Luigi ATTENASIO, Director of the Mental Health Department of the ASL Rome C, National President of „Psichiatria Democratica Europa”, Dr. Walter GALLOTTA, Director of the psychiatric hospital service unit “Diagnosis and Treatment” S. Giovanni Hospital, Rome and Dr. Angelo DI GENNARO – Reciprocity: against containment and in favour of  the dialogue with madness


John JENKINS, President of the International Mental Health Collaborating Network (IMHCN) – Whole life-recovery approach in community mental health


Prof. Dr. Florin TUDOSE, Dean of Psychology and Sociology Faculty, ”Spiru Haret” University Bucharest – Immobilization and contention as an aggression


Prof. Dr. Mirela MANEA, Head of the Department of Medical Psychiatry and Psychology, the Faculty of Dentistry UMF “Carol Davila” Bucharest – The careful surveillance versus the close observation for the patients with mental disorders


Public debate


End of the first day



Arrival of participants


The speech of Prof.Dr. Virgil PAUNESCU, Presidential Counsellor

Panel 3

Treatment through social inclusion. Cooperation, self-support, social assistance.

Chairman: Dr. Gianfranco PALMA, Director of the Mental Health Department ASL E Rome


Prof. Dr. Aurel NIREŞTEAN, Head of Department and General Chancellor UMF Tg. Mures – Deinstitutionalization and de-stigmatization


Dr. Gianfranco PALMA, Director of the Mental Health Department ASL E Rome – Changes in the culture and welfare systems in the process of social inclusion


Dr. Ruggero BRAZZALE, psychologist, Bassano del Grappa – Innovation models in the mental health services in the Mures region: the Marostica project.


Vasile GAFIUC, President of The Regional Association of Adult Education, Suceava – The role of NGOs in the process of decentralisation of the psychiatric system


Dr. Ilario VOLPI, psychologist, President of the integrated cooperative “Il Grande Carro” in Rome – Integrated cooperatives and the process of deinstitutionalisation


Dr. Mircea DRAGAN, Ploiesti Municipal Hospital – Disorganization in mental health from Prahova County


Coffee break


Dr. Jean-Yves FEBEREY, Head of Department, Henri-Guérin Hospital (Department of Var, France), doctor at Centre médical de la Mutuelle Générale de l’Education Nationale – Disorganization in mental health in France today


Prof. Dr. Alexandru PAZIUC, Psychiatric Hospital Campulung Moldovenesc – The role of the mobile team in the process of social inclusion of people with severe mental problems


Dr. Magda GHEORGHIU, MD Psychiatric Hospital Siret – Attempts to reintegrate people mentally retarded from institutions


Dr. Luigi LEONORI, psychologist, President of SMES-Europe – Psychic suffering and precariousness: prevention and  participation


Public debate


Lunch break

Panel 4

De-institutionalization in Eastern Europe and CIS States

Chairman: Prof. Luciano Sorrentino, Director of Mental Health Department “Franco Basaglia” ASL TO2, Professor of History of Psychiatry, Psychology Department, University of Torino


Dr. Nermana MEHIC-BASARA, MSc, neuropsychiatrist, Director of the Institute for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse of Sarajevo Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina – From Centralised Services toward Community Based Psychiatry – Experiences from Bosnia and Herzegovina


Manana SHARASHIDZE M.D, psychiatrist, Director of the Georgian Association for Mental Health – Opportunities and obstacles for future de-institutionalization in Georgia


Dr. Markku SALO, Head of Research, The Finnish Central Association for Mental Health – From charity to productivity of persons. The importance of the protagonist in the individual


Public debate


Final remarks and conclusions of the symposium


Dr. Lorenzo TORESINI

Dr. Patrizia D’ONOFRIO

To see the pdf of the program, click here.

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