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Author Name:    DICKINSON, Harley D. Canadian Plains Studies, 15).

Title:   Two Psychiatries : The Transformation of Psychiatric Work in Saskatchewan, 1905-1984. First Edition in dustjacket.

Publisher:    Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, Regina, 1989, ISBN:0889770484 

Seller ID:   114697

DICKINSON, Harley D. The Two Psychiatries : The Transformation of Psychiatric Work in Saskatchewan, 1905-1984. (Regina) : Canadian Plains Research Center, University of Regina, 1989. First Printing. Pp. (5),[vi]-xxii,1-371,(3). 8vo, red cloth with silver lettering to spine. Canadian Plains Studies, number 15. "Saskatchewan's hospital and medical care insurance programmes acted as a bellwether for similar developments throughout Canada, but it is less well known that the province played a pioneering role in the development of community psychiatry. This book examines the changing nature and organization of psychiatric work in Saskatchewan since the beginning of this century, and the establishment and growth of two increasingly separate psychiatric service systems, one medical, the other non-medical. The medical system of psychiatry is grounded in the claim that mental illness exists and that its etiology is to be found in the malfunctioning of some physiological,biochemical or genetic system. Proponents of the non-medical psychiatry cl aim that much, if not most, of what is termed mental illness is not illnessat all, but psychosocial problems in the living that manifest themselves a s mental or emotional disorders. This book studies the way in which this dispute over the proper definition, care and treatment of mental illnesses and disorders manifested itself in the institutional transformation of psychiatric work." - from the dustjacket. Contents: 1. The Sociology of Psychiatric Work; 2. Psychiatry and Psychiatric Work in Saskatchewan, 1905-1944; 3. From Custody to Therapy: The Transformation of Mental Hospital Work, 1944-1963; 4. Psychiatry in the Community and the Saskatchewan Plan, 1944-1963; 5. The Medicalization of Psychiatry and the Depopulation of the Mental Hospitals, 1963-1971; 6. The De-Medicinization of Community Psychiatric Work; 7.Conclusions. Appendix: Labour Process Theory and Psychiatry. With notes, s elected bibliography, and proper name index. Very good in dustjacket. 25.00


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