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Joel Braslow


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Office  Suite 300 UCLA Wilshire Center
Phone  310-794-2930


Ph.D History, University of California, Los Angeles, 1994

M.D Loma Linda University School of Medicine, 1984

B.S. Biology, Stanford University, 1981

Selected Publications


Braslow JT. (1997). Mental Ills and Bodily Cures: Psychiatric Treatment in the First Half of the Twentieth Century. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Research Papers

Braslow JT. (1994). Punishment or Therapy: Patients, Doctors and Somatic Remedies in the Early Twentieth-Century. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 17, 493-513.

Braslow JT. (1995). The Effect of Therapeutic Innovation on Perception of Disease and the Doctor Patient Relationship: A History of General Paralysis of the Insane and Malaria Fever Therapy (Special Article). American Journal of Psychiatry, 152, 660-665.

Braslow JT. (1996). In the Name of Therapeutics: The Practice of Sterilization in a California State Hospital. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 51, 29-51.

Braslow JT. (1996). The Influence of a Biological Therapy on Doctors' Narratives and Interrogations. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 70, 577-608.

Braslow JT. (1999). Therapeutic Effectiveness and Social Context: The Case of Lobotomy in a California State Hospital, 1947-1954. Western Journal of Medicine, 170, 45-48.

Braslow JT. (1999). History and Evidence-Based Medicine: Lessons from the History of Somatic Treatments from the 1900s to the 1950s. Mental Health Services Research Journal 1, 231-240.

Braslow JT. (in press). Therapeutics and the History of Psychiatry. Bulletin of the History of Medicine.

Braslow JT. (in revision). Men, Mental Illness, and Biological Psychiatry: A Tale of Two Therapies. Men and Masculinities.

Sherman SE, Braslow JT, Chapman A, Garcia D. (in submission). Improving Recognition of Depression in Primary Care: A Study of Evidence-Based Quality Improvement.


Braslow JT. (1999). Where Biopsychiatry Came From: A Short History of Somatic Therapies from the 1900s to the 1950s. The Harvard Mental Health Letter, 16, 5-7.


Duan N, Braslow JT, Weisz JR, Wells KB. (in press). Editorial: Fidelity, Adherence, and Robustness for Mental Health Inventions. Psychiatric Services.

Book Reviews

Braslow JT. (1989). Review of A Narrative Textbook of Psychoanalysis by Peter Giovacchini. Bulletin of Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute and Society, 82, 27-28.

Braslow JT. (1993). Review of From Asylum to Community: Mental Health Policy in Modern America by Gerald Grob. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 8, 463-464.

Braslow JT. (1997). Review of The History of Mental Symptoms by German Berrios. Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences, 33, 64-65.

Braslow JT. (1999). Review of Last Resort: Psychosurgery and the Limits of Medicine by Jack Pressman. Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences, 35, 50-53.

Braslow JT. (1999). Review of The Antidepressant Era by David Healy. Bulletin of the History of Medicine, 73, 536-537.

Braslow JT. (1999). Review of Rebels within the Ranks: Psychologists' Critique of Scientific Authority and Democratic Realities in New Deal America by Katherine Pandora. American Historical Review, 104, 946-947.

Braslow, JT. (in press). Review of Creating Beauty to Cure the Soul: Race and Psychology in the Shaping of Aesthetic Surgery by Sander Gilman. American Historical Review.

Braslow, JT. (in press). Review of The Psychopharmacologists II : Interviews by David Healy edited by David Healy. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences.

Braslow, JT. (in press). Review of Medicating Schizophrenia: A History by Sheldon Gelman. Bulletin of the History of Medicine.

Braslow, JT. (in press). Review of The Rise of Psychopharmacology and the Story of CINP edited by Thomas Ban, David Healy, and Edward Shorter. Isis.

Braslow, JT. (in press). Review of Cultures of Psychiatry and Mental Health Care in Postwar Britain and the Netherlands by Marijke Gijswijt-Hofstra and Roy Porter. Bulletin of the History of Medicine.