Special Issue! Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Function: The History of Altering Behavior, Thought, and Function Through Neurosurgery

AHP readers may be interested in a recent special issue from Neurosurgical Focus on “Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Function: The History of Altering Behavior, Thought, and Function Through Neurosurgery.” Full titles, authors, and abstract follow below. “Introduction. Neurosurgery, psychiatry, and function: the history of altering behavior, thought, and function through neurosurgery,” by Mark C. Preul, MD, T. … Continue reading Special Issue! Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, and Function: The History of Altering Behavior, Thought, and Function Through Neurosurgery

History of Psychiatry: Lobotomies, Therapies, the DSM, and More

The March 2018 issue of History of Psychiatry is now online. Articles in this issue explore the history of lobotomy, moral therapy, the history of the DSM, and more. Full titles, authors, and abstracts below. “History of lobotomy in Poland,” by Kinga J?czmi?ska. Abstract: In Poland, there were 176 cases of prefrontal leucotomy performed by … Continue reading History of Psychiatry: Lobotomies, Therapies, the DSM, and More

The ‘gay cure’ experiments that were written out of scientific history

This article first appeared on Mosaic and is republished here under a Creative Commons licence. Robert Heath claimed to have cured homosexuality by implanting electrodes into the pleasure centre of the brain. Robert Colvile reports on one of the great forgotten stories of neuroscience. For the first hour, they just talked. He was nervous; he’d … Continue reading The ‘gay cure’ experiments that were written out of scientific history

Recent Blog Post: “Surgery for Desperados” On Neurosurgical Solutions to Criminality

In a recent post on the history of medicine blog Remedia historian of science Delia Gavrus documents efforts to reform criminals through brain surgery. These surgeries, undertaken from the late-nineteenth century through the 1920s, helped set the stage for the advent of the lobotomy in the 1930s. As Gavrus notes, The belief that surgery on the skull … Continue reading Recent Blog Post: “Surgery for Desperados” On Neurosurgical Solutions to Criminality

New Issue of HoP Fresh off the Press!

The May 2015 issue of History of Psychology (vol 18, issue 2) is now available (find online here), and is chock-full of interesting content. From analyses exploring the materiality of psychological and psychiatric instruments (including the Cattell Infant Intelligence Scale, the ‘Utica Crib,’ and the controversial transorbital ice pick lobotomy instrument introduced by Walter Freeman), … Continue reading New Issue of HoP Fresh off the Press!

Social History of Medicine May Issue

The May 2015 issue of Social History of Medicine is now online. The issue includes a number of items that may be of interest to AHP readers, including an article on Irish patients in the Victorian Lancashire asylum system and one on the importance of black celebrity activism in making the mental health of black youth a civil … Continue reading Social History of Medicine May Issue

Resources

BIBLIOGRAPHIES Laboratories, Instruments, and the Material Culture of Psychology History of Feminist Psychology Genius Psychologist-made Films Race and Racism History of Social Psychology History of Women in Psychology History of Functionalism Historiography of Psychology Miriam Posner’s Psychiatry, Photography, and Lobotomy Bibliography Psychopharmacology Psychoactive Drug Use in Psychology Psychedelics and Psychology LSD and Psychiatry Histories of … Continue reading Resources

Four Floors + a Gift Shop: A History of Psychiatry Roadtrip

This is a special post co-authored by Jennifer Bazar and Jacy Young and published simultaneously at both the Advances in the History of Psychology (AHP) and FieldNotes blogs. The 45th annual meeting of Cheiron was held at the end of June in Irving, Texas – 22 hours didn’t seem like a long enough a drive, so we decided to detour a few hours to swing through St Joseph, Missouri. What, you … Continue reading Four Floors + a Gift Shop: A History of Psychiatry Roadtrip

BBC Radio 4’s Mad Houses

BBC Radio 4 has just aired an episode on the history of mental illness. The episode, Mad Houses, explores three museums of madness in Europe in anticipation of the establishment of a museum of mental illness at Bedlam Hospital in the coming years. As described on Radio 4’s website, Ken Arnold explores how three European countries … Continue reading BBC Radio 4’s Mad Houses

Review of Noll’s (2011) American Madness

PsychCentral, one of the larger psych-blogging hubs, has posted a review by Margarita Tartakovsky of Richard Noll‘s (2011) American Madness: The Rise and Fall of Dementia Praecox. In her reading of it, the book can be situated at the boundary between the history of psychiatry, the history of psychology, and the public understanding of science: The public … Continue reading Review of Noll’s (2011) American Madness