Keywords:Health care, Psychiatry
Verward van geest en ander ongerief by Harry Oosterhuis and Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra is a voluminous and sound reference work about the history of psychiatry in the Netherlands. Striving for completeness, however, the authors failed to deliver a synthesis in the true sense of the word. They compiled and pasted an impressive amount of (mostly) secondary literature, but left little room for critical reflection and discussion. Their account of the ‘psychologisation’ of Dutch society from the 1960s onwards is exemplary and one of the main themes of the book. Oosterhuis and Gijswijt-Hofstra (only) summarize the relevant sociological studies on this subject, without addressing their problematic nature or the inconsistencies between them. As a result, their ‘sociologised’ description of the supposed process of psychologisation in the Netherlands is rather superficial and stereotypical.
This review is part of the discussion forum 'Verward van geest en ander ongerief' (H. Oosterhuis, M. Gijswijt-Hofstra).
How to Cite
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
a) Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
b) Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
c) Authors are permitted to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process.
Authors are explicitly encouraged to deposit their published article in their institutional repository.