Psychology (PS)

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

This course explores the history of mental illness and its treatment between 1750 and the early 1900s. The history portion includes a discussion of treatment without a clear scientific or medical understanding of "madness" or "lunacy." Students discuss differences and similarities in treatments in the U.S., England, Ireland and Scotland, and also look at the socioeconomic-political context, including the development of almshouses or workhouses. The impact of the changing legal landscape on development of asylums also is explored. Later, the development of moral treatment by Quakers, and the influence of work by Freud around the turn of the 20th century, is discussed. Medical students only.

Offered: As needed