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Correctional and Institutional Psychiatric Treatment: History and Litigation

ByPaul Amble

Forensic psychiatrists are commonly sought to care for, consult on or provide administrative oversight in the provision of mental health care to inmates and those housed in state hospitals across the United States. In order to appreciate the role institutions currently play in the lives of the mentally ill it is imperative to understand the history of institutional care and how we arrived where we are today. As said by George Santayana, and later paraphrased by Winston Churchill, “Th ose who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.”