Monthly Archives: September 2016

Holistic and ‘heroic’ remedies

How have therapies for mental ailments changed over time? Today’s treatments for mental illness revolve around drugs and psychological therapy. For centuries, medical practitioners relied mainly on treating physical symptoms,… Read more »

Freud and the psyche

If the nineteenth century had been mostly about physiology and somatogenic interpretations of mental problems, the early twentieth century was the golden age of psychodynamic psychiatry.   Vienna-based physician Franz Anton… Read more »

Brain and Body

The nineteenth century in Britain belongs to materialist or somatogenic interpretations of the causes of mental problems, founded on scientific advances in physiology. Rather than mind and body, medical writers… Read more »