Tag Archives: severe mental illness

Diagnosis: Neurosyphilis. Treatment: Malaria, iatrogenic

Howard Fischer Uppsala, Sweden   Patient in Kettering hypertherm cabinet undergoing fever therapy. New Orleans, 1937. U.S. Marine Hospital. Works Progress Administration photo. New Orleans Public Library Digital Collections via Wikimedia. Public domain. “The syphilitic man was thinking hard…about how to get his legs to step off the curb and carry him across Washington Street. […]

Colonial madness: The Public Hospital of Williamsburg, Virginia

Brian Andrew Sharpless Pullman, United States   The founding of the hospital The Public Hospital of Williamsburg. Photo by Ryan Lintelman, February 28, 2006, on Wikimedia. Public domain. Although it is widely known that the first hospital in the United States was the Pennsylvania Hospital (founded in 1751 in Philadelphia), few may realize that the […]

Théodore Géricault: Kleptomania

Portrait of a Kleptomaniac (c. 1820) Théodore Géricault Oil on panel Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent, Belgium Kleptomania is defined as a recurrent compulsion to steal. Affected persons often act on impulse and are not motivated by economic necessities. They tend not to use the objects they steal but may return them, hide them, or […]