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Title: Valuing the past: the importance of an understanding of the history of psychiatry for healthcare professionals, service users and carers
Authors: Ion, Robin M.
Beer, M. Dominic
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: History
Mental health
Psychiatry
Relevance
Issue Date: Dec-2003
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Wiley-Blackwell, available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1447-0349.2003.t01-1-.x. The definitive version is available at www3.interscience.wiley.com
Citation: Ion, R.M. and Beer, M.D. 2003. Valuing the past: the importance of an understanding of the history of psychiatry for healthcare professionals, service users and carers. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 12(4): pp.237-242. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1447-0349.2003.t01-1-.x
Abstract: Drawing primarily on examples from the UK, this paper argues that an under¬≠standing of the history of psychiatry can be of practical use to clinicians, service users and carers. It can provide a window on the present and an explanation of some aspects of current practice. In addition, a study of the past can provide a vision of how things might be done differently in the present and in the future. Moreover, knowledge of the past can also serve to remind us of psychiatry's potential for misuse and the dangers inherent in a view of the world in which psychiatry is simply seen as a benevolent science destined to find an answer to mental illness.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/968
ISSN: 1445-8330
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