5 Must-Reads About the History of PsychologyEvery month I write several articles for this blog about the history of psychology. I do this in part because, in order to know where we’re going, we must know where we’ve been.

While researching my posts, I come across many fascinating articles about psychology. Here are five diverse pieces I think you’ll find especially interesting.

1. Checkout Time at the Asylum

Bellevue Hospital is the oldest public hospital in the U.S. and arguably the most notorious. Of course that’s largely because of its psychiatric wing. In this article, writer Mark Harris traces Bellevue’s beginnings along with its famous and infamous residents.

2. The Lobotomists

This year is the 75th anniversary of the first-ever lobotomy (performed by Walter Freeman) in America. But the U.S. wasn’t the only country to use lobotomy as a legitimate mental health “cure.” The U.K. did, too. I’ve written before about the disturbing history of the lobotomy. But this 30-minute BBC program delves deeper into lobotomy’s most famous figures and discusses the operation’s history in the U.K.

3. Autism’s First Child

We still don’t know much about autism, even though it affects about one in 110 kids. In this article, writers John Donvan and Caren Zucker trace the history of the diagnosis and tell the story of the first person ever to be diagnosed with autism, Donald Triplett, who’s now 77 years old.

4. Psychology’s Feminist Voices

Psychology was a boys’ club. At least it would seem like it since we don’t hear so much about the female psychologists of the past. But there were plenty of female pioneers in the field. Of course, it was tough to break into the field,but many women did and went on to contribute greatly to psychology. I just discovered this website, and it features biographies about countless female psychologists from the U.S., UK and Europe. Check out their profiles here.

5. The Psychologies of Mark Twain

What do psychology and Mark Twain have in common? In this piece, clinical psychologist Martin Zehr, Ph.D, J.D., explores Twain’s connection to psychology, his connection to a famous American psychologist and even his connection to an Austrian one.

(By the way, I found some of these links through the excellent blogs Mind Hacks and Advances in the History of Psychology from York University. Be sure to check them out!)

?What are some of your favorite resources on the history of psychology?