Article ID: CBB520900198

The mentally ill and how they were perceived in young Israel (2021)


The article constitutes a widely researched account of mental patients and their perceptions in the early history of Israel, especially its second decade. It focuses on a single generation, which experienced the traumas of war in Europe, followed by insecurity in Israel’s struggle for independence. The article claims that in the 1960s many suffered from depression, reflected in a record number of patients in mental hospitals and mentally sick people, mostly of European origin. This study describes Israeli society in the 1960s as disturbed, immersed in nightmarish dreams and close to madness; it also discusses the genetic and neurological vulnerabilities which induced the psychosis and the social response that converted it into a chronic illness.

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Authors & Contributors
Jones, Edgar
Andrews, Jonathan
Artvinli, Fatih
Durrer, Julie
Linden, Stefanie Caroline
Murray, Heather Michelle
History of Psychiatry
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Journal of American Culture
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Medical History
University of Chicago
Inanna Publications
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
University of Illinois at Chicago
Presses Universitaires de Rennes
Mental disorders and diseases
Psychiatric hospitals
Medicine and politics
Medicine and the military; medicine in war
Frame, James
Time Periods
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
21st century
Great Britain

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