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.

Hippocrates of Kos

Hippocrates of Kos

4th Century BCE

The Greek physician Hippocrates of Kos is considered the father of Western Medicine. He theorized that physiological abnormalities were causing mental disorders. He viewed the brain as the seat of consciousness, emotion, intelligence, wisdom and reasoned that disorders involving these functions must be located in the brain and were not inflicted by the Gods.