Concluding Remarks

  • Thomas A. Ban
  • Hanns Hippius


The psychopharmacological era began on January 19, 1952, when chlorpromazine was given for the time to a psychiatric patient at Val-de-Grace, the famed military hospital in Paris. From Val-de-Grace, chlorpromazine therapy in psychiatry raced through the mental hospitals of France within the single year of 1952, and by the spring of 1953 the “psychopharmacological revolution“ was well underway throughout continental Europe. The first American publication on chlorpromazine appeared in February, 1954, and one year later the first Australian and Russian publications were also in print.


Mental Illness Scientific Discipline Psychotropic Drug Psychiatric Patient Psychoactive Drug 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas A. Ban
    • 1
  • Hanns Hippius
    • 2
  1. 1.NashvilleUSA
  2. 2.Ludwig-Maximilians-UniversityMunich 2Germany

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