Article ID: CBB000932567

“Where the Need is Greatest”: Social Psychiatry and Race-Blind Universalism in Harlem's Lafargue Clinic, 1946--1958 (2009)

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Between 1946 and 1958, Harlem was home to a small psychiatric facility, the Lafargue Clinic. An interracial institution run entirely by volunteers, the clinic helped expand mental health care into underserved African American communities. Relying upon extant case files, this article examines how the Lafargue staff handled clinical situations with African Americans. In its attempt to forge a new antiracist approach, the staff struck a balance between viewing Harlem patients as psychological products of their unique social context (social psychiatry) and applying modern psychiatric principles to African Americans without adjusting for racial or sociological difference (race-blind universalism).

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Authors & Contributors
Summers, Martin
Baker, Robert B.
Olakanmi, Ololade
Jacobs, Elizabeth A.
Wynia, Matthew K.
Washington, Harriet A.
Journals
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
American Quarterly
Journal of the American Medical Association
Journal of the National Medical Association
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Publishers
SLACK
Rutgers University Press
University Press of America
Johns Hopkins University Press
Oxford University Press
Cornell University Press
Concepts
African Americans
African Americans and science
Medicine and race
Psychiatry
Mental disorders and diseases
Science and race
People
Wertham, Fredric
Fuller, Solomon Carter
Bishop, Shelton Hale
Wright, Richard
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
Places
United States
Africa
New York City (New York, U.S.)
Georgia (U.S.)
Alabama (U.S.)
Southern states (U.S.)
Institutions
Lafargue Mental Hygiene Clinic
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