The Eclipse of Community Mental Health and Erich Lindemann
Community Mental Health, Erich Lindemann, and Social Conscience in American Psychiatry, Volume 3
These volumes make new contributions to the history of psychiatry and society in three ways: First, they propose a theory of values and ideology influencing the evolution of psychiatry and society in recurring cycles, and survey the history of psychiatry in recent centuries in light of this theory. Second, they review the waxing, prominence, and waning of Community Mental Health as an example of a segment of this cyclical history of psychiatry. Third, they provide the first biography of Erich Lindemann, one of the founders of social and community psychiatry, and explore the interaction of the prominent contributor with the historical environment and the influence this has on both. We return to the issue of values and ideologies as influences on psychiatry, whether or not it is accepted as professionally proper. This is intended to stimulate self-reflection and the acceptance of the values sources of ideology, their effect on professional practice, and the effect of values-based ideology on the community in which psychiatry practices. The books will be of interest to psychiatric teachers and practitioners, health planners, and socially responsible citizens.
Table of Contents
1. A Sampling of Community Mental Health Programs
2. The Counterrevolution of Biology and Business, and the Suppression of Community Mental Health: 1966–1974
3. Continuity and Replacement: After 1974—Legacy and Successors of Community Mental Health
4. Lindemann, Social Ideology, and Social Conscience in Psychiatry and Society: Expectations and Experience
David G. Satin is a board-certified psychiatrist who has trained at the Massachusetts General and McLean Hospitals, has been Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, where he also obtained his MD and taught gerontology and the history of psychiatry, and has had a clinical practice in adult and geriatric psychiatry.