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Heinrich Kaan's "Psychopathia Sexualis" (1844)
A Classic Text in the History of Sexuality
Heinrich Kaan's fascinating work—part medical treatise, part sexual taxonomy, part activist statement, and part anti-onanist tract—takes us back to the origins of sexology.
Under the Strain of Color
Harlem's Lafargue Clinic and the Promise of an Antiracist Psychiatry
Recapturing the history of a largely forgotten New York City institution that embodied new ways of thinking about mental health, race, and the substance of citizenship. Harlem's Lafargue Mental Hygiene Clinic was founded in 1946.
The Pathological Family
Postwar America and the Rise of Family Therapy
The Pathological Family examines how family therapy developed against the intellectual and cultural landscape of postwar America.
Mirrors of Memory
Freud, Photography, and the History of Art
A significant contribution to our understanding of early twentieth century visual culture and an exploration of how photography shaped the ways in which the great archaeologist of the human mind saw and thought about the world.
Psychiatry and Social Order in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1908–1968
Focusing on the history of the Ingutsheni Lunatic Asylum (renamed a mental hospital after 1933), situated near Bulawayo in the former Southern Rhodesia, Surfacing Up explores the social, cultural, and political history of the colony that became...
A Compulsion for Antiquity
Freud and the Ancient World
"If psychoanalysis is the return of repressed antiquity, distorted to be sure by modern desire, yet still bearing the telltale traces of the ancient archive, then would not our growing distance from the archive of antiquity also imply that we are in...
Electra after Freud
Myth and Culture
"Electra's story is essentially a tale of murder, revenge, and violence. In the ancient myth of Atreus, Agamemnon returns home from battle and receives no hero's welcome. Instead, he is greeted with an ax, murdered in his bath by his wife...
Clinical Psychiatry in Imperial Germany
A History of Psychiatric Practice
The psychiatric profession in Germany changed radically from the mid-nineteenth century to the beginning of World War I. In a book that demonstrates his extensive archival knowledge and an impressive command of the primary literature, Eric J. Engstrom...
War, Psychiatry, and the Politics of Trauma in Germany, 1890–1930
Keeping America Sane
Psychiatry and Eugenics in the United States and Canada, 1880–1940
What would bring a physician to conclude that sterilization is appropriate treatment for the mentally ill and mentally handicapped? Using archival sources, Ian Robert Dowbiggin documents the involvement of both American and Canadian psychiatrists in...