Hosp Community Psychiatry 1994 Oct;45(10):993-1004
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester.
Am J Psychiatry 2004 Oct;161(10):1755-63
Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, 9C UH 9151, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.
The address of the retiring president of the American Psychiatric Association has been a traditional part of the annual meeting of the association since 1883. The presidential address, which has explicitly been exempted from general discussion or criticism, has become an opportunity for the elected leader of the association to reflect on the state of the profession. Over the last 120 years, the presidents of the association have themselves engaged with the history of psychiatry in ways that reflect the changes in psychiatry of the time. Read More
Hosp Community Psychiatry 1975 Sep;26(9):605-9
The author, the first medical director of the American Psychiatric Association and APA president in 1964-65, presents a historical review of the 25 years between 1945 and 1970, a period in which there was a reawakening of interest in the mentally ill and mentally retarded after years of neglect. He lists major landmarks in mental health care during those years, describes the first Mental Hospital Institiute held by the American Psychiatric Association in 1949, and presents an anecdotal footnote about the Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health. Read More
Arch Gen Psychiatry 1967 Jul;17(1):72-4
Psychiatr Clin North Am 1994 Sep;17(3):683-93
Library and Archives, American Psychiatric Association, Washington, DC 20005.
One can see that the history of the American Psychiatric Association is the history of psychiatry and vice-versa. The last 150 years have seen significant advances in the humane treatment of the mentally ill. Stigma has been reduced, and significant numbers of patients are now leading productive and useful lives. Read More