Marshall Sanitarium: A Social History of a Mental Institution, Troy, New York 1851 – 1950
Background of the Study. For as long as man has been able to communicate and record in some manner his visual observations and impressions, disorders and distortions of the mind have been noticed with increasing anxiety by individuals interested in human behavior. The ancients, as far back as 2600 B.C., held the belief that adverse changes in personality were the result of dreaded "demons" come to inhabit the person of the afflicted. Down through the ages, various malevolent influences were thought to be responsible for mental disorders. From the time of Hippocrates, nearly every writer in discussing mental disorders has called attention to peculiar psychic reactions and their effect on somatic processes.
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Purcell, John Francis, "Marshall Sanitarium: A Social History of a Mental Institution, Troy, New York 1851 – 1950" (1950). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30725033.