Best Essay Competition

Psychiatric Treatment in Nineteenth-Century Texas

First Place in the 2018 calendar year Medical Humanities Best Essay Competition

“A patient, long before he becomes the subject of medical scrutiny, is, at first, simply a storyteller, a narrator of suffering—a traveler who has visited the kingdom of the ill. To relieve an illness, one must begin, then, by unburdening its story.” – Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee[1]

I. Introduction