Psychiatry In American Life Summary

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In the 1961 article titled “Psychiatry in American Life” published in The Atlantic magazine, American psychiatrist and author Geer William wrote that “The typical state hospital does a good job keeping patients physically alive and mentally sick." (qtd. in Ford). Although many advances have been made in the field of mental health, one core issue remains the same. Which is the mentally ill being pushed into facilities that are seldom concerned with the patient’s well-being. ------------- During the 1950’s and 60’s, the American public began to question the effectiveness of these aforementioned mental hospitals. Stories similar to the one of Elsie Lacks that detailed overcrowding, patient mistreatment and malpractice flooded the media. “… It’s

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