Date of Award




Degree Name

Master of Arts




mental illness, psychiatry, insanity, history of mental health


In this thesis, an attempt has been made to sketch the progress in the treatment of mental disorders, from the earliest records to the present time. The introductory account of the conditions before the seventeenth century briefly considers the methods employed in Europe and Northern Africa prior to that date, while the main narrative is confined principally to the advancement achieved in Massachusetts since the Colonial days. For the sake of convenience and clarity, the legislative progress, the development of institutions and the improvement in methods of treatment, have been separated, as far as expedient, in the presentation of the more recent advancements. The needs of the present situation are discussed in the final chapter and a program suggested which, it is believed, would meet this situation in a comprehensive and practicable manner.



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