The American Health Care System Essay

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The American health care system is a conglomeration of different systems that provide specific needs for patients. The aspect of the American health system that deals with the illnesses of the mind is referred to as the Mental Health system. This system has been around since the late 18th century and has become a major aspect of the American health system. The system is made up of doctors, nurses and aides, and have facilities throughout the United States. Because, mental health is a relatively new aspect of health care, and professionals are still learning about how the mind works, the treatment through this system has had a stigma that has been hard to get rid of.

In the 18th century, there was a need for a medical facility to house the mentally ill, then known as lunatics. The first asylum was built in Virginia for this purpose. Pennsylvania Hospital dedicated part of their basement to house and treat the mentally ill. In the beginning stages of the mental health system, treatment of patients was more to get them off the streets and away from the public, than it was about curing the patient’s illness. Common treatments at the times were, Bloodletting, purging and twirling. The treatment of these patients was even seen as a form of entertainment, to the local townspeople. Benjamin Rush, who is known as the “father of American Psychiatry “, stated working at Pennsylvania in the 1782’s. “He was the first to believe that mental illness was a disease of the mind, rather than…

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