March 12, 2003 E. Fuller Torrey and Carla Yanni To Discuss the History of Mental Illness

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Dr. E. Fuller Torrey and Carla Yanni will deliver a lecture titled "The Invisible Plague and the Institutions That Cared for Its Sick" at noon on Monday, May 5, in room LJ119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Tickets are not required.

Torrey is a research psychiatrist and executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute, which supports research on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. His most recent book, "The Invisible Plague: The Rise in Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present," examines the records of insanity in England, Ireland, Canada and the United States over a period of 250 years. Co-authored with Judy Miller, the book concludes that mental illness is an unrecognized, modern-day plague.

Yanni is associate professor of art history at Rutgers University in New Jersey and a senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She is currently at work on a book on the architecture of American insane asylums and their relationship to theories in Victorian psychiatry.


PR 03-048
ISSN 0731-3527