A PARTIAL HISTORY OF BOSTON PSYCHIATRY

Panel Discussion “A History of Boston Psychiatry” The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (audio)

Leston Havens MD’s 1976 interview of Harry Cesar Solomon M.D.
(1889-1982) former Director Mass Mental Health Center and Commissioner the Department of Mental Health

Harry Cesar Solomon Mass. Mental
Harry Cesar Solomon Mass. Mental

Havens worked for Solomon and was particularly interested in how he structured the staffing and reformation of patient care at Mass Mental Health.

Solomon worked to eliminate the harsh treatment of patients and make the mental health hospital more of a therapeutic center and less of a restraint system. He introduced an open-door policy, allowed patients to wear their own clothing, and eliminated tub therapy, wet sheet packs, restraints, and excessive drug treatment. In 1976, he sat down with Solomon at his home to ask a series of questions about Massachusetts Mental Health Center

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