The Psychiatric Persuasion
Knowledge, Gender, and Power in Modern America
Elizabeth Lunbeck


In the years between 1900 and 1930, American psychiatrists transformed their profession from a marginal science focused primarily on the care of the mentally ill into a powerful discipline concerned with analyzing the common difficulties of everyday life. How did psychiatrists effect such a dramatic change in their profession's fortunes and aims? Here, Elizabeth Lunbeck examines how psychiatry grew to take the whole world of human endeavor as its object.

Elizabeth Lunbeck is Associate Professor of History at Princeton University.