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.

Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush


Benjamin Rush, considered “the father of American Psychiatry”, wrote the first textbook of psychiatry to be printed in the United States, "Observations and Inquiries upon the Diseases of the Mind". The seal of the American Psychiatric Association bears Rush's portrait.