The objective of the De Witt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry is to carry out, encourage and advise scholarship in a broad range of historical and policy topics that are relevant to the present day theory and practice of psychiatry. Housed within the Institute is the Diethelm Library, one of the great libraries in the world, with over 35,000 books, some of which are rare with historical significance, and a comprehensive website offering access to works for scholars all over the world. This precious and unique resource distinguishes our Department and attracts academically-minded faculty, scholars, and trainees.
In January 2009, the Institute was renamed The DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry in recognition of the invaluable support received over the years from the Department of Psychiatry's DeWitt Wallace Readers Digest Program. The DeWitt Wallace Program continues to be a major source of funding, supporting the Institute's important work.
Since 1992, the Institute has been led by George J. Makari, M.D., an expert on the history and theory of psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
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