On Mar 10, 2016, at 10:51 AM, Lawson, William a href="mailto:william.lawson@austin.utexas.edu">william.lawson@austin.utexas.edu> wrote:

For much of history, psychosis was considered a result of demon possession.In the United States, slaves were diagnosed with such disorders as draptomania, described by American physician Samuel A. Cartwright in 1851 as a condition that caused black slaves to flee captivity.includes/related/ads/320_1.htmlincludes/related/ads/768_1.htmlThe mentally ill were routinely imprisoned and only later put in primitive treatment facilities, where many were subjected to barely tolerable hot- and cold-water...



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Comment by Vincent Wright on March 10, 2016 at 1:26pm

Thanks for sharing this, Dr. Lawson but, is it "draptomania" or "drapetomania"?

(Ironically, I just addressed a similar question exactly 2 months ago with Karinn Glover, MD on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/drkarinn/status/686337105132400640 )


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