Institutions and Society, edited by W. F. Bynum, Roy Porter, and Michael Shepherd (Anatomy of Madness, Essays in the History of Psychiatry, vol 2, seminar, London, 1982-1983), 283 pp, $42, New York, Tavistock Publications, 1985.
In an era when physicians are ever increasingly confronted by great upheavals in their professional lives, the opportunity to dip into the past is most welcome. This return is not regression; it is an opportunity for renewal. We can observe how lines of thought developed, how disciplines evolved, how society accepted different ideas about madness and emotional and mental illness, and how institutions came into being to deal with the newer conceptualizations.The two volumes under review provide the reader with an oasis with which to relax, be involved, and be refreshed by scholarly essays in the history of psychiatry. The first volume focuses on People and Ideas and the second on fInstitutions and Society.