Psychology (PS)

PS 500. History of Madness - Medical Capstone.3 Credits.

An exploration of the history of mental illness its treatment between 1750 and the early 1900s. The history includes discussion of treatment without a clear scientific or medical understanding of "madness" or "lunacy." Differences and similarities in treatments in the U.S., England, Ireland, and Scotland will be discussed, along with discussion of the socio-economic-political context, including the development of almshouses or workhouses. The impact of the changing legal landscape on development of asylums will be explored. Later, the development of moral treatment by Quakers, and the influence of work by Freud around the turn of the 20th century, will be discussed. Medical students only.

Offered: As needed