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Revisiting mental hygene: Josef Lundahl´s interpretation of modern psychiatry in Sweden at the beginning of the twntieth century
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2013 (English)In: History of Psychiatry, ISSN 0957-154X, E-ISSN 1740-2360, Vol. 24, no 1, 34-45 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The concept of mental hygiene is historically intertwined with eugenics and what it meant both ideologically and for the care of the mentally ill. A closer investigation of the concept and of the historical context shows that different interpretations existed simultaneously. The aim of this essay is to highlight the literary and scientific works of a Swedish psychiatrist, Josef Lundahl, an advocate of the mental hygiene concept. A close reading of his texts is used to provide an example of how the concept of mental hygiene was understood by a psychiatrist and practitioner of mental hygiene. The practice of child-care and out-patient care that Lundahl founded in Visby is far from what we now associate with mental hygiene in the past.

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Sage Publications, 2013. Vol. 24, no 1, 34-45 p.
Keyword [en]
Mental hygiene, out-patient care, Sweden, 20th century, Josef Lundahl
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Social Work Psychiatry
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-87876DOI: 10.1177/0957154X12450136ISI: 000317057100003OAI: diva2:607304
Available from: 2013-02-22 Created: 2013-02-22 Last updated: 2013-05-22Bibliographically approved

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