“An Experiment in the Social Basis of Psychotherapy”
This epilogue argues that Wertham and his colleagues at Lafargue Clinic not only fashioned a conceptual framework for addressing the social basis of mental illness among oppressed people, but also institutionalized that framework to influence the lives of thousands of people. The book shows how this intervention distinguished the Lafargue Clinic in the history of American psychiatry. Lafargue Clinic contributed more than any other therapeutic institution by linking race and class oppression as a source of mental disorder and personality problems. Moreover, the clinic’s founders and supporters argued that mental health care for African Americans was an extension of democracy into the fundamental institutional life of the nation.
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