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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 192-197

History of psychiatry in Bengal

1 Department of Psychiatry, Sagar Dutta Medical College, Kolkata, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Medical College, Kolkata, India
3 Consultant Psychiatrist, CLINIC BRAIN, 19/C, Pioneer Park, Dist North 24 Parganas, Kolkata, India
4 Department of Psychiatry, NRS Medical College, Kolkata, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Om Prakash Singh
Department of Psychiatry, NRS Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.224323

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The history of psychiatry in Bengal mirrors the history of psychiatry in India. With Bengal being an important location for the East India Company, it became the locus for much infrastructure development, including the setting up of lunatic asylums. This article traces the development of psychiatric care in Bengal, from the early time of private asylums exclusively for Europeans, to psychiatric care in the present time.



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