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.

Vincenzo Chiarugi

Vincenzo Chiarugi


The Italian physician Vincenzo Chiarugi, helps introduce humanitarian reforms in psychiatric hospitals, such as outlawing chains as a means of restraint for psychiatric patients. His advocacy for moral treatment was relatively overlooked until a gradual reassessment through the 20th century that now consider his work a landmark in the history of psychiatry.