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From Asylum to Community: Mental Health Policy in Modern America
The distinguished historian of medicine Gerald Grob analyzes the post-World War II policy shift that moved many severely mentally ill patients from large state hospitals to nursing homes, families, and subsidized hotel rooms--and also, most disastrously, to the streets. On the eve of the war, public mental hospitals were the chief element in the American mental health syst ...more
Hardcover, 430 pages
Published August 13th 1991 by Princeton University Press
(first published January 1st 1991)
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This is one of the most thorough and carefully researched historical works I have ever read. While it was quite dry in many areas, this is to be expected for a work focused on policy, and Grob writes in a way that is engaging enough to keep my interest. I thought the structure was a bit confusing, as multiple chapters will cover the exact same era from a slightly different perspective, so it was at times a bit difficult to get the whole picture of how things were at the time. That being said, I ...more
The son of Jewish immigrants from Poland, Gerald Grob earned a bachelor's degree from the City College of New York and a master's degree from Columbia University. He earned his doctorate at Northwestern University in 1958 and taught at Clark University from 1957 until 1969 and at Rutgers University from 1969 until his retirement in 2000. ...more