Modernity, race and mental health care in Jamaica

Posted on 18 December 2012

New article by CGHH departmental member Dr Henrice Altink

We at the Centre for Global Health Histories are proud to celebrate the success of our colleague Henrice Altink, Senior Lecturer in Modern History at the Department of History, University of York. A departmental member of CGHH, Dr Altink has recently had a significant article published in The Journal of the Department of Behavioural Sciences (JDBS), Vol. 2, (1), December 2012.  The article ‘Modernity, race and mental health care in Jamaica, c. 1918-1944’ explores conditions in Jamaica's mental hospital from 1918 till 1944. It examines “the extent to which dominant ideas of race informed the treatment meted out on the overwhelmingly black patients and staff” as well as the “colonial government's response to demands made by black politicians to improve patient care and enhance the promotion opportunities of local staff”.

The article is freely accessible via the Journal of the Department of Behavioural Sciences' web page for Vol. 2, (1), December 2012.