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DATE: 1969

LENGTH: 63 min

CATEGORY: Clinical & Surgical, Educational & Instructional

CREATOR: University of Mississippi Medical Center

DIRECTOR: None specified

PRODUCER/PUBLISHER: University of Mississippi Medical Center


Seven interviews conducted with psychiatric patients at the University of Mississippi Department of Psychiatry in 1969 are presented. The first is part of a ten-minute intake interview of a man with depressive neurosis, and the entire taped series of segments is titled after this first interview, although several other conditions and patients are seen. Progressing through the interviews, we meet a patient with a differential diagnosis of hysterical neurosis (conversion type) and schizophrenia (schizo-affective type). Another person is categorized as an alcoholic with a passive-aggressive personality. The final segment has excerpts of an intake interview with an adolescent girl with behavioral problems….Read The Essay

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NLM Historical Audiovisuals Collection

Explore our Guide to Mental Health Motion Pictures, which is designed to aid patrons in identifying titles relevant to their interests and research. The guide contains references to nearly 200 films and video recordings produced from the 1930s up to and including 1970. Most deal with mental or psychiatric disorders as defined or recognized at the time the films were produced, as well as their corresponding causes and treatments.

Watch these additional titles related to mental health care:

  • Community Mental Health, 1960—This film demonstrates how one community, through the cooperation of both lay and professional citizens, surveyed mental health needs and established a health center to treat mental disease and emotional disorders.
  • The Mental Status Examination, 1962—This program and its accompanying booklet present a basic outline for the collection and organization of examination data based on current psychiatric concepts.
  • Chain of Care, 1962—This film surveys the coordinated program of mental health care in New York State, using four case histories to portray the major public psychiatric services that make up the state-sponsored approach.
  • Involuntary Hospitalization of the Psychiatric Patient: Should it be Abolished?, 1969—This film presents a panel discussion between Jules H. Masserman, M.D., Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, Northwestern University Medical School, and Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, State University of New York. Harold Visotsky, M.D., Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Northwestern University Medical School, acts as moderator.

NLM Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collections

Adolf Nichtenhauser Medical Film Materials contains correspondence, memoranda, reviews, catalogs, and a variety of printed matter pertaining to technical, historical, educational, and miscellaneous aspects of the medical motion picture. Nichtenhauser’s major accomplishment is the unpublished “History of Motion Pictures in Medicine.”

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The Asylum Hill Project is a grant-funded effort supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and run by scholars from Millsaps College, the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), and other participants. It focuses on research into what was once known as the Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum, located on property currently owned by UMMC, and on the possible exhumation, study, and respectful memorialization of those buried on that property. Project staff are working to identify remains where possible, make contact with descendants, and create an historical monograph, a multi-disciplinary anthology of essays, a website, and a database of asylum-related oral histories and archival materials.

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