American psychiatry at the millenium : retrospect and prospect

Lloyd A. WELLS

Department of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic, West-11, Rochester, MN 55905 Minnesota, USA


Many American papers about the current state of psychiatry and its possible future are being published, but many of them are relatively ahistorical.

In this presentation, I examine several historical and more recent critiques of American psychiatry over the past century. Criticisms of the profession made in these papers are examined in reference to the current state of psychiatry and its current working models. Comparisons with European models of the past century are made. A model based on Charcot's approach is discussed as a possible tool for the new century.

Some of the critiques have been salutary, and the profession has responded to them, while others, equally salutary, have had little response.


Panel 2B   (Developing History)
Tuesday, 14 September 1999

The Neurosciences and Psychiatry: Crossing the Boundaries

Joint Congress of the European Association for the History of Psychiatry (EAHP), the European Club for the History of Neurology (ECHN), and the International Society for the History of the Neurosciences (ISHN)

Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland, 13-18 September 1999