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Classic Text No. 133: ‘Maxwell Jones and the Therapeutic Community’, by David Millard (1996) (2023)


Craig Fees (Author)
David Kennard (Author)

History of Psychiatry
Volume: 34
Issue: 1
Pages: 78-86
Publication date: 2023
Language: English

This text was David Millard’s departing gift to a field to which he had contributed for 30 years, as practitioner and later as Lecturer in Applied Social Studies and editor of the International Journal of Therapeutic Communities. Charting the chronology of Maxwell Jones’s career as a world-renowned psychiatrist and therapeutic community pioneer, Millard contrasts Jones’s contribution at Mill Hill with Tom Main’s at Northfield. Jones’s most distinctive contribution was allowing patients to become auxiliary therapists and freeing nurses from the nursing hierarchy. Focusing on a subset of therapeutic communities in adult psychiatry, Millard’s paper is not an academic history of therapeutic communities as such. The roles of happenstance and positive deviance are demonstrated in the way change occurs in therapeutic communities. The ‘charisma question’ is briefly explored.

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Authors & Contributors
Hall, John
Thifault, Marie-Claude
Jonathan Leach
Neil Armstrong
Peter Agulnik
Beyer, Christof
History of Psychiatry
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
Eighteenth-Century Studies
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Journal of American Culture
Grand Central Publishing
Oxford University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Scrimgeour Yorkshire
Presses Universitaires de Rennes
Psychiatric hospitals
Therapeutic practice; therapy; treatment
Mental disorders and diseases
Medicine and society
Lopes Cançado, Maura
Robb, Barbara
Rosenhan, David
Time Periods
20th century, late
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
18th century
Oxford (England)
National Health Service (Great Britain)

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