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HISTORICAL REVIEW
Year : 2018  |  Volume : 60  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 248-252

The role of work in psychiatry: Historical reflections


Department of History, Philosophy and Culture, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Waltraud Ernst
Department of History, Philosophy and Culture, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford OX3 0BP
UK
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DOI: 10.4103/psychiatry.IndianJPsychiatry_450_17

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Until recently, the role of patient work in the history of psychiatry has been a neglected dimension. Yet, in the psychiatric institutions that emerged across the world from the late eighteenth century onwards, work and work therapy were prominent features, culminating in the rise of a specialist profession affiliated to medicine – occupational therapy. This article explores the changing meanings of work within varied medical, social, and political contexts.



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