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Closing the Asylums

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George Paulson, M.D., is Emeritus Professor of Neurology at The Ohio State University, founding Chairman of the Department of Neurology, and former Chief of Staff of University Hospitals. He has written over 300 neurological articles, and in the past decade six books on local medical history. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.


"narrative history of the Dix and Hilltop hospitals...engaging. DI was pronounced unsuccessful over 20 years ago. Paulson's timely book reminds us that little has changed"--PsycCRITIQUES; "George Paulson's wide experience as both a physician and a historian has made him one of the leading chroniclers of the American medical experience, impressively reflected in his prolific publications about medical figures and medical institutions. His interests have also made him a major presence as an Institute Associate in Ohio State University's Humanities Institute. He brings to Deinstitutionalization his broad interdisciplinary knowledge and a unique personal familiarity with both of the hospitals that his study here focuses on."--Christian Zacher, Ohio State University Humanities Institute; "George Paulson, M.D. emerges from a remarkable and unique vantage in his writing on deinstitutionalization. He draws from a rich personal history of growing into his adult perspectives and physician expertise over the course of a half-century on the grounds of state psychiatric hospitals which are in the process of deinstitutionalizing, and combines this with his intellectual prowess and the warm heart of a caring participant. In the fifteen years that I have had the honor to professionally know and work alongside Dr. Paulson, he has consistently demonstrated his clinical competence in neurology in working with each patient, and his unquenchable systems curiosity, both bathed in his quiet and humble southern gentleman charm and eloquence. He writes Deinstitutionalization in an informal manner which allows the reader to soak in this important history, while empathically presenting numerous psychiatric stories which communicate the live meaning of deinstitutionalization. I would heartily recommend this book for all who have interest in the evolving care and treatment for those who suffer from severe mental illness."--Marion E. Sherman, Department of Veterans Affairs, Biloxi, Mississippi.

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