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Beliefs and theories about mental illness vary greatly throughout the eyes of professionals Many view mental illness as a serious condition while others take it less seriously and see it as a part of everyday life Although many think doctors are always right they underestimate the influence and power these physicians exercise based upon their own personal views and ideas Illustrated in the article Social Class Ethnicity and Mental Illness Ann Vander Stoep and Bruce Link try to show whether there is a relation between mental illness which is linked to ethnicity and people with diverse backgrounds In contrast there is the view of Elaine Schowalter who is skeptical about doctors diagnosing mental illness and in her essay Defining Hysteria where she portrays her disbelief and doubts relating to hysteria As a result contradicting beliefs have lead to people being misdiagnosed and the mentally ill have suffered these negative consequences Stoep and Link clearly show personal prejudices can lead to tainted results and answers impacting the mental health service policies Because Jarvis was an accredited doctor with fifty- plus years experience people were inclined to believe his data and theories about mental illness based upon social class and ethnicity Edward Jarvis was one of the first physicians in America to practice psychiatry and to apply statistical methods to the study of health and social problems 1396 He had the credentials and education that assisted him in persuading others Jarvis long career and status made it even easier for him to manipulate his data according to his own beliefs Jarvis had both the numbers and the methodology to test his assumptions but he did not do so The conclusions he drew from his survey played and influential role in shaping the public mental health policies throughout the nation 1397 This goes to show how Jarvis personal beliefs were able to alter the truth Jarvis was not the only one guilty of this A notable physicianscientist Samuel
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