THE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL IN A HISTORICAL CONTEXT
The search for methods to ensure mental and physical well-being can be traced to ancient times. Some of the earliest writings in medical history are found in the Assyrian Tablets, dating back to 2500 B.C. Passages in these tablets speak of the formulas magicians chanted to tribal gods. Some reveal challenges to demons or diseases to yield to the magicians' superior powers and exit their victims' bodies (Ehrenwald, 1976).