Abnormal Psychology

By lconey
  • Jan 1, 1247


    The Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlemen was originally created for poor people who could not afford to pay their medical expenses.
  • Jan 1, 1403

    Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem

    The Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem in London was a famous hospital that began housing people called "lunatics" rather than just the poor. This hopsital eventually became overcrowded.
  • Jan 1, 1486

    Malleus Malifacarum (The Witch's Hammer)

    This book was a publication written by monks in Germany. The book compared witches to devilsthat need to be destroyed.
  • Jan 1, 1563

    De Praestigiis Daemonum (The Deception of Demons)

    Jahann Weyer published this book which focued on natural causes versus demon deception as a result in abnormal behavior.
  • Franz Anton Mesmer

    Mesmer obtained a doctorate in medicine, but focuse on invisible forces rather than medicine. He felt that he could treat patients by using magnetic objects in order to change behavior.
  • Benjamin Rush

    Rush was appointed as the professor of chemistry and medicine at the College of Philadelphia. Rush took a more scientific approach in helping the mentally ill He made changed to improve conditions, however those changes were still considered inhumane.
  • Regulations at mental hospitals

    Veincenzo Chiarugi created regulations at his mental hospital in France. These regulations led to other hospitals adopting similiar rules as well. Some of these rules included no beating patients and treating them with care.
  • First Private Mental Hospital in the United States

    The first private mental hospital was established in what is now Philadelphia. It was named The Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason.
  • Dorthea Dix

    Dorthea Dix made the public aware of the mentally ill. Her goal was to help the poor who were mentally ill and wanted to make sure there were institutions available to them.
  • Clifford Whittingam Beers

    Clifford Whittingam Beers published a book titled "A Mind That Found Itself." This book was a study that described Beers' experience while he was confined to an asylum as a result of a nervous breakdown.