Susan Lamb F'09

Susan  Lamb
Jason A. Hannah Chair in History of Medicine
Innovation in Medical Education
University of Ottawa

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2009
Doctoral Candidate
History of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University
Psychiatry's First Patients: Adolf Meyer and the Founding of American Psychiatry

Adolf Meyer is generally recognized as the foremost influence on American psychiatry and yet scholarly studies about his life, theories, and practices are notably sparse. This research both substantiates and challenges speculation about Meyer and the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic, an institution that he designed and operated at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for over three decades. More importantly, this study explores terra incognita: the patients who used this pivotal institution. This work elucidates for the first time the working principles of Meyerian psychiatry by exploring the avenues by which patients arrived at the clinic, Meyer’s diagnostic procedures, treatment for various psychiatric disorders, and the decision-making processes of families confronting mental illness.