Harv Rev Psychiatry 2012 Sep-Oct;20(5):247-58
Department of Psychology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA.
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Hist Psychiatry 2014 Dec;25(4):450-8
A history of psychiatry cannot step back from the question of psychiatric diseases, but the field has in general viewed psychiatric entities as manifestations of the human state rather than medical diseases. There is little acknowledgement that a true disease is likely to rise and fall in incidence. In outlining the North Wales History of Mental Illness project, this paper seeks to provide some evidence that psychiatric diseases do rise and fall in incidence, along with evidence as to how such ideas are received by other historians of psychiatry and by biological psychiatrists. Read More
Psychiatry Res 2000 May;94(2):139-52
Genneruxi Medical Centre, Psychiatry Branch, via Costantinopoli 42, 09129, Cagliari, Italy.
Despite reports of falling first-admission rates for schizophrenia in some Western countries, methodological problems and bias preclude a definite conclusion about a genuine fall in the incidence of schizophrenia. This study set out to test the hypothesis that first admissions for schizophrenia in Italy have fallen in recent years. All admissions rated as 'first contact' in Italy from 1984 to 1994 for severe mental illnesses to general hospital psychiatric services, as reported in the Italian National Institute for Statistics Health-Care Yearbooks, were considered. Read More
Public Health Rep 1986 Sep-Oct;101(5):532-9
The National Reporting Program for Mental Health Statistics had its origins in the decennial U.S. census, with enumeration of the "insane and idiotic" in 1840. Read More
Trans Stud Coll Physicians Phila 1991 Dec;13(4):337-62
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903-5070.