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Legitimierung behördlicher Praxis? Analyse einer stationären kinderpsychiatrischen Begutachtung in Zürich 1944


Künzle, Lena; Lis, Daniel; Galle, Sara; Neuhaus, Emmanuel; Ritzmann, Iris (2020). Legitimierung behördlicher Praxis? Analyse einer stationären kinderpsychiatrischen Begutachtung in Zürich 1944. Österreichische Zeitschrift für Geschichtswissenschaften, 31(3):124-143.

Abstract

From the 1920s, children in Switzerland were psychiatrically examined in observation wards. In many cases, these medical reports were linked to the placement of children in homes and foster families. Focusing on a specific case study of the observation institution Stephansburg in Zurich in 1944, this paper retraces the genesis of a child psychiatric report, identifying patterns by which the experts dealt with narratives of teachers, parents or school doctors. At a closer look, tests and medical examinations were not necessarily committed to a strictly scientific approach. The case study analysed in this paper indicates that experts in child psychiatry did not always apply expert knowledge when preparing their opinion. Rather, they resorted to a selection of aspects alien to psychiatry but suitable to satisfy the interests of the contracting authority.

Abstract

From the 1920s, children in Switzerland were psychiatrically examined in observation wards. In many cases, these medical reports were linked to the placement of children in homes and foster families. Focusing on a specific case study of the observation institution Stephansburg in Zurich in 1944, this paper retraces the genesis of a child psychiatric report, identifying patterns by which the experts dealt with narratives of teachers, parents or school doctors. At a closer look, tests and medical examinations were not necessarily committed to a strictly scientific approach. The case study analysed in this paper indicates that experts in child psychiatry did not always apply expert knowledge when preparing their opinion. Rather, they resorted to a selection of aspects alien to psychiatry but suitable to satisfy the interests of the contracting authority.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:German
Date:20 January 2020
Deposited On:09 Feb 2021 16:46
Last Modified:10 Feb 2021 09:22
Publisher:StudienVerlag
ISSN:1016-765X
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.25365/oezg-2020-31-3-7

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