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Mental Health in Historical Perspective
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Psycho-Politics between the World Wars

Psychiatry and Society in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

Authors: Freis, David

  • Explores how German-speaking psychiatrists attempted to interpret, diagnose and treat both interwar society and politics from the perspective of their own clinical experiences
  • Argues for the importance of individual agency and individual experiences of political events, drawing on the biographies and careers of several eminent psychiatrists during the period
  • Examines the early history of some of the most important concepts which still shape the field of psychiatry today, including mental health, deinstitutionalisation and psychiatric prophylaxis
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About this book

This book is about the psycho-political visions and programmes in early-twentieth century Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Amidst the political and social unrest that followed the First World War, psychiatrists attempted to use their clinical insights to understand, diagnose, and treat society at large. The book uses a variety of published and unpublished sources to retrace major debates, protagonists, and networks involved in the redrawing of the boundaries of psychiatry’s sphere of authority. The book is based on three interconnected case studies: the overt pathologisation of the 1918/19 revolution led by right-wing German psychiatrists; the project of medical expansionism under the label of ‘applied psychiatry’ in inter-war Vienna; and the attempt to unite and implement different approaches to psychiatric prophylaxis in the movement for mental hygiene. By exploring these histories, the book also sheds light on the emergence of ideas that still shape the field to the present day and shows the close connection between utopian promises and the worst abuses of psychiatry. 


About the authors

David Freis is a Research Associate at the Institute for the Ethics, History, and Theory of Medicine at the University of Münster, Germany.

Reviews

“In this surprisingly fresh history of interwar psychiatry in the German-speaking countries, David Freis explores how the era’s most prominent psychiatrists (Erwin Stransky, Emil Kraepelin, and Auguste Forel among others) transferred their diagnostic language from the clinic to society at large. … Dynamic, readable and deeply researched, David Freis’s book is a valuable reminder of the human cost of false associations between mental health theory and nationalism, then as now.” (Elizabeth Ann Danto, Hunter College of City University of New York, USA)

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • The eBook version of this title will be available soon
  • Due: January 17, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-030-32702-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: December 20, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-32701-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Psycho-Politics between the World Wars
Book Subtitle
Psychiatry and Society in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland
Authors
Series Title
Mental Health in Historical Perspective
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-32702-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-32702-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-32701-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 383
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