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1. Where did the mental hygiene movement find the most success? Why was there not enough emphasis put on establishing equitable services/treatments and opportunities for black physicians and patients at an institution like St. Elizabeth's which advertised itself as being progressive and informative? - Joey

2. Had Howard Hawkins's case played out differently (and those involved were charged with murder), do you think St. Elizabeth's would have taken more authoritative action towards addressing the discrepancies in methods and overall treatment of African American patients? - Joey

1. Will the prioritization of early intervention in order to prevent more severe mental health issues lead to more of a focus on children's health care? - Morgan

2. With the emphasis put on one's family/friends' ability to provide for and take care of them, how does class impact the programs set up to allow one to leave the hospital – outpatient, parole, aftercare, etc? - Morgan

1. Mental hygiene was a very popular concept in the early 1900s in psychiatry, and garnered a lot of outreach and public awareness from psychiatrists. How is the mental hygiene movement related to modern ideas wellness and mindfulness? Did they actually get it right with mental hygiene, or was it an undercooked idea? -RM

2. Summers talks about DC’s “Lunacy Laws” that governed institutions like Saint Elizabeths, and how there was a major push to reform the “barbaric” and “archaic” laws that surrounded commitment. Did these attempts at reform actually make the law more egalitarian, or did it just make more palatable the more social-control aspects of the 1904 lunacy law? -RM

1. In regards to mental hygiene, how did the regulations imposed to determine who needed mental health care and should not be permitted to remain in society affect those in recovery or those who may have been falsly accused of this? — Ruth Curran

2. What was the expectation with the allowance of voluntary admissions as far as treatment goes? Was this more of a benefit to the patient of the public? — Ruth Curran

1. How does the early mental hygiene movement bear resemblance to today's self-care push?-Margie Jones

2. It's interesting the contradictions between White's seemingly more liberal stance on race and the conditions of St. Elizabeth's for people of color. Was this simply an accepted sequence of events?-Margie Jones

1. It’s interesting to me to see how this institution seems to put a lot of focus on criticism it received over how they are not enforcing segregation rather than just worrying about how patients are treated and their well-being. -Jake Martin

2. In the beginning section I think it is interesting to see that the author talks about how institutions were pushing to cure patients and then it goes into the fact that some patients stayed with households that were supposed to care for them and its good to state that we heard some of this talk before in some of our previous reading were we learn that these patients were eventually abused by these same caretakers. -Jake Martin

1. Summers briefly mentions the research about the effects of segregation and racism on African- Americans psychological state at this time, out of curiosity, do we ever see this research put to use when dealing with Black patients in asylums during this time?-NG

2. Obviously racism played a huge part in how black patients were treated by the psychiatric community at this time, but it would also be interesting to see how colorism played into the social treatment as well.- NG

1. I think it is interesting that White stressed that no one was immune from mental illness. I think this is interesting because it directly contradicts from our conversations last class of how professionals would be surprised when people showed signs of mental illness after prolonged periods on the front. -Teresa

2. I think it is interesting that Saint Elizabeth’s pushed for a change in lunacy laws that would make it easier for people to voluntarily enter mental health institutions since especially in the past patient rights were not considered important nor were most entries voluntary. I think this shows an important shift in the public’s opinion on mental health aid. -Teresa How has whites' idea of being proactive shaped psychiatry today? - Darian James

While Saint Elizabeth’s said they offered fair employment in what ways were African Americans still limited in their employment there?- Darian James

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