Early history

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, medically oriented psychiatrists in Europe like Emil Kraepelin [1] and Eugen Bleuler [2] managed huge warehouses of deranged human beings. Their impact on the field of psychiatry is now widely acknowledged: Kraepelin for differentiating dementia prae-cox from manic depression; Bleuler for recognizing the former was not a true dementia, and subsequently coining the term "schizophrenia." Both were neuro-logically oriented and were masters of description and classification. Although they were hopeful the neurological basis for the mental illnesses they observed could be found, their work offered little insight into how the brain might mediate the horrendous symptoms of their patients. They ultimately had little to offer their patients in the way of treatment; in their time, a mentally ill person was sick for life.

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