Dr. Maria T. Lymberis, MD

Clinical & Forensic Psychiatry in Los Angeles, California

A Brief History of Psychiatry

This is an arbitrary bird’s eye view that omits the many valuable but too numerous contributors that have made the present day science and practice of psychiatry possible.

Bartholomeus Anglicus

Bartholomeus Anglicus


The Franciscan monk Bartholomeus Anglicus (ca. 1203 - 1272) describes a condition which resembles depression in his encyclopedia, De Proprietatibis Rerum, prescribing music and occupation for depressed patients and sleep and gentle binding for frenzied patients. There is no hint of demonology in his diagnosis.