"Transnational History of Medicine after 1950: Framing and Interrogation from Psychiatric Journals" Medical History, 2011, 55: 3-26

Eugene Garfield eugene.garfield at THOMSONREUTERS.COM
Sun May 1 15:23:18 EDT 2011

Med Hist. 2011 January; 55(1): 3-26.

"Transnational History of Medicine after 1950: Framing and Interrogation
from Psychiatric Journals"       


Author :  

Professor John C. Burnham, Ohio State University,

Department of History, 106 Dulles Hall, 230

West 17th Avenue, Columbus OH, 43210, USA.

Email: burnham.2 at osu.edu



Abstract: Communication amongst medical specialists helps display

the tensions between localism and transnationalisation. Some

sampling of psychiatric journals provides one framework for

the history of psychiatry and, to some extent, the history of

medicine in general in the twentieth century. After World War II,

extreme national isolation of psychiatric communities gave way to

transnationalisation, especially in the 1980s, when a remarkable

switch to English-language communication became obvious. Various

psychiatric communities used the new universal language, not so much

as victims of Americanisation, as to gain general professional

and to participate in and adapt to modernisation.


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The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL

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