Clifford Whittingham Beers


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(1876–1943) Clifford Whittingham Beers devoted his life to the study and advancement of mental hygiene. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Beers graduated from Yale in 1897. After a mental breakdown, he spent three years in mental institutions: a private asylum run for profit, a private nonprofit asylum, and a state hospital. In A Mind That Found Itself (1908), Beers described the inhumane treatment he received from untrained staff and his efforts to persuade the governor of Connecticut to investigate conditions in the state hospital. William James wrote the introduction for the book, which aroused intense public interest and the attention of psychiatrists and psychologists.


From Encyclopedia of Social Work in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Social Work.