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"The Biological Revolution in Mental Health Care and its Aftermath: Why It Happened, Why it Stalled, and What Might Happen Next" Lecture Abstract: The 1980s, by common consensus, saw a big and remarkably rapid pivot away from previously dominant psychoanalytic and social science perspectives in psychiatry and towards a so-called "medical model" foregrounding biology and the brain. The standard understanding is that this happened because, after years of wandering lost in a Freudian desert, the field had finally gained some fundamental new biological understandings of mental illness. The standard understanding is wrong. We need a new and better understanding of what really happened in the 1980s, not least because choices made back then have directly shaped the fraught world of psychiatry with which we live today. Anne Harrington is the Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. She is also Director of Undergraduate Studies in the History of Science, Faculty Dean of an undergraduate residential community called Pforzheimer House, in which capacity she also serves as Chair of the Harvard Faculty Dean community. Professor Harrington has written widely in the history of psychiatry, brain science and medical practice, and is the author of four books, including Reenchanted Science, The Cure Within, and, most recently, Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness (2019). She is an alumna of the MBL's History of Biology seminar. Register:
  • Start:June 18, 2021 Time: 8:00 PM
  • End:June 18, 2021 Time: 9:00 PM
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  • Where:Cornelia Clapp Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Lillie Building, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States, 02543
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