Jewish Stereotypes in Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Kate Miriam LoewenthalEmail author
  • Barry Marcus


This chapter will examine possible Jewish stereotypes in psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. The stereotypes fall into two categories: those for which there is serious scientific investigation and those which fall into the category of old wives’ tales, based perhaps on insufficient experience or concocted to slander Jews. There will be some discussion of implications for diagnosis and treatment.

There will also be consideration of the over-representation of Jews among British and American psychiatrists, stereotypes of psychiatrists among the lay community and the possible effects of these stereotypes, for example, on help-seeking and treatment adherence.

The chapter concludes with an illustration by Barry Marcus depicting some of the anti-Semitic attitudes to psychiatry which have been noted while preparing this chapter.


Anti-Semitism Psychiatry Stereotypes Diagnosis Treatment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRoyal Holloway, University of LondonEghamUK
  2. 2.Bainbridge IslandUSA

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