22 March 2019

22nd March 1916 - Nathan Kline Born


Nathan Kline MD was born on 22nd March 1916. His work in discovering some of the original antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs pioneered a new era of psychiatry in the 1950s and 1960s. This allowed the treatment of conditions that had previously been thought of as untreatable.

Kline said "The fact that a condition can be treated with medication somehow guarantees in the public mind that it is a genuine illness"

This revolution did mean that the medicinal approach took precedence over psychotherapy.

He won the Lasker Award on two occasions. One citation read 'Dr. Kline more than any other single psychiatrist has been responsible for one of the greatest revolutions ever to occur in the care and treatment of the mentally ill.'

The full award can be read at Iproniazid for the treatment of severe depression | The Lasker Foundation.

Thankyou to today in psychology history

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