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In 1869 the Willard State Hospital opened on the shore of Seneca Lake in New York, the first mental asylum built expressly for the chronically insane. By 1875 there were a thousand patients crowded into this asylum of no hope (Grob, 1994). At Willard, and at other asylums where the patient populations had far outgrown the facilities and the staffs, treatment effectively ceased. Staff efforts were directed primarily at patient management. At the end of the 19th century, the patient population in American asylums underwent another period of rapid growth as these asylums were increasingly used as homes for the elderly, especially those suffering from dementia.

He is on the APA Ad Hoc Committee on End-of-Life Issues and the APA Ad Hoc Committee on Legal Issues. He has authored/coauthored over 75 articles and book chapters, edited/coedited 7 special journal issues, and written/ edited 4 books specifically on end-of-life matters and/or HIV disease. Mary Whitehouse holds a Master of Divinity degree from Campbell University and is currently a student at North Carolina State University pursuing her PhD in psychology. She has an interest in the integration of psychology and theology.

This was the fourth form, scientific psychology, which drew heavily on the work in physiology and psychophysics in Germany, eventuating in Wilhelm Wundt’s 1879 psychology laboratory at the University of Leipzig. Finally, the fifth psychology to be discussed is applied psychology. In the United States, this applied psychology began in the last decade of the 19th century and was manifested initially in the fields of educational psychology, school psychology, clinical psychology, and industrial psychology.

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