Book: The first resort. The history of social psychiatry in the United States, by Matthew Smith

The book The first resort. The history of social psychiatry in the United States written by Matthew Smith might be of interest to h-madness readers. The book’s abstract reads:

“Social psychiatry was a mid-twentieth-century approach to mental health that stressed the prevention of mental illness rather than its treatment. Its proponents developed environmental explanations of mental health, arguing that socioeconomic problems such as poverty, inequality, and social isolation were the underlying causes of mental illness. The influence of social psychiatry contributed to the closure of psychiatric hospitals and the emergence of community mental health care during the 1960s. By the 1980s, however, social psychiatry was in decline, having lost ground to biological psychiatry and its emphasis on genetics, neurology, and psychopharmacology”.

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