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.

8th Century Baghdad


705 CE

The first psychiatric hospital is built in Baghdad by Arab Muslims. Under Islam, the mentally ill were considered incapable yet deserving of humane treatment and protection.