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1. How does the institution's tendency to isolate African-American patients reflect underlying racist motivations? - Joey Welch

2. The fetishization of the physical stature of African-American patients is extremely alarming. -Joey Welch

1. Were some of the options for patients such as gardening and creating things a common part of treatment for patients? — Ruth Curran

2. Did the doctors use practices such as having the patient engage in hobbies and create things to help “cure” the patient or to manage them? — Ruth Curran

1. The intersection between race and psychiatry treatment seems quite stereotypical of US treatment of black people in America. Does this connection demonstrate a broader theme within the medical community?-Margie Jones 2. Was it just schizophrenia that had racial undertones or was it other psychosis mental illness as well?-Margie Jones

1. According to Metzl, in what ways are new idea about what schizophrenia means/what counts as “acting schizophrenic” influencing popular views and how are they influenced by popular views? - Morgan

2. How do the ideas about diagnosis discussed in this text compare to how diagnosis is discussed in Girl, Interrupted? - Morgan

1. How much of the remains of schizophrenia as a “black disease” can still be seen today? -RJ

2. How harmful was the lowering classifications of criminally insane, and the reclassification of them as just insane? P12 -RJD

1. It’s interesting to note how the role of gender changes within the new edition of DSM-II from DSM-I and within some of the conditions of disorders as described by professionals at this time. -Jake M

2. Another fascinating thing is that the author states that Ionia had a shifting racial and gender demographic just like the shifts that were taking place in Detroit. -Jake M

1. How did negative racist stereotypes hinder the study of psychology? - Darian

2. Why did the term schizophrenia change meaning depending on the patient? - Darian

1. The fact that there is a specific, institutional, race based bias towards only African-Americans is quite interesting to me. Normally, when discussing old-timey racism and how it was used in pseudoscience, there are different gradations, maladies, afflictions, “defects” for each different racial group, taking aim at Native Americans, Hispanics, Asians, etc. What’s fascinating (and horrifying) to me is that this “affliction” of African-Americans with mental health challenges, moreover even with specific diagnoses like schizoid disorders, is only with them, and no other marginalized groups. What purpose did this institutional bias serve in specifically targeting black people, and not oppressed groups more generally? -RM

2. Perhaps I’m putting too much stock in the old saying “idle hands make the devil’s work,” but with the discussion of riots in relation to idleness, my mind was cast back to the very religiously influenced moral treatment. I wonder then, does its mention here represent a continuity of religious influence in institutions, or is this an aberration in what was typically secular practice. -RM

1. How impactful was non restraint methods to cure patients? (engaging in activities)

2. Does pseudoscience still play a role in the world of mental illness treatment today based on the practices described in the book?

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