A brief introduction to the history of psychiatry
By the end of this module you should be able to:
- explain the historical background of the diagnosis and
treatment of various mental health problems and how the management
of mental illness changed throughout history
- describe the origin of psychiatry as a medical profession
- list the pioneers in psychiatric practice and their
achievements and contributions to diagnosis and the treatment of
- explain the anti-psychiatry movement, its pioneers and
controversial theories about mental illness and treatment.
Please note: Some of the content, language
and terminology used within the module has been
included for contextual and historical reasons only and is not
intended to cause offence.