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Introduction

  • Matthew Smith
  • Vicky Long
  • Oonagh Walsh
  • Despo Kritsotaki
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Part of the Mental Health in Historical Perspective book series (MHHP)

Abstract

The introduction begins by establishing why there needs to be renewed interest and investment in preventive approaches to mental illness. It argues that it has only been in the last few decades that prevention has not been central to research, clinical practice and public policy with respect to mental health. It then proceeds to relate the historiography of preventive approaches, ranging from humoral medicine in the seventeenth century to social psychiatry in the post-war period. It concludes by indicating where mental health researchers and policy-makers might best direct their efforts if they hope to prevent mental illness in future.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew Smith
    • 1
  • Vicky Long
    • 2
  • Oonagh Walsh
    • 3
  • Despo Kritsotaki
    • 4
  1. 1.University of StrathclydeGlasgowUK
  2. 2.Newcastle UniversityNewcastle upon TyneUK
  3. 3.Glasgow Caledonian UniversityGlasgowUK
  4. 4.University of CreteRethymnoGreece

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