HIST 3640 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Emil Kraepelin, Syphilis, Biological Psychiatry

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Moral treatment: ideas of locke, something can be done about an individual"s mental state (descartes falls on the other end of the spectrum) Biological psychiatry: the cause for an individual"s mental illness is physically traceable and can been treated through modern medicine (if they haven"t found a cure then there will be one in the future) The german approach to psychiatry shorter believed that we should have continued with this line of thinking instead of endorsing the french moral treatment. A patient"s physical state can teach future psychiatrists through treatment or autopsies. The organic transmission from parent to children of neuropathic predisposition to mental disease. The degenerate human being, if he is abandoned to himself, falls into a progressive degeneration. He becomes not only incapable of forming part of the chain of transmission of progress in human society, he is the greatest obstacle to this progress through his contact with the healthy portion of the population.

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