A first rate history of the mentally ill in the United States, starting with a brief survey of the ideas and treatment of insanity in ancient and medieval times. The book then takes up the conditions in America from the Colonial attitude towards witchcraft and forms of psychic disorder to the present humane understanding and intelligent treatment of the problem. The rise of hospitals, data on the numbers of mentally afflicted, prominent physicians, the latest developments in treatment. A book for physicians, educators, social workers, all people interested in psychotherapy. In no sense popularized for the casual reader.