Evolution of Social Psychiatry: Impact on Civilization

  • John L. Carleton


The collective mind of mankind is motivated by many forces, not the least of these the realities of his temporal world. Reviewing the events of the centuries of recorded history we must admit that there has gradually evolved a greater compassion for the individual person. Compassion has gradually spread from a few select persons, an elite class, to a progressively larger group of people. The modern concern for freedom and The Freedoms, and for human rights are examples of this trend. Laws and judicial systems have been created to ensure that fairness will prevail in the examination and trial of those accused of crimes. The composite thrust of these and other institutional efforts has been toward improving the lot of all of the people on this earth.


Mental Illness Economic Reality Social Support System Social Psychiatry Elite Class 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • John L. Carleton
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  1. 1.The Santa Barbara Psychiatric Medical GroupSanta BarbaraUSA

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