The term 'transcultural psychiatry' has encompassed changing notions of race, culture and psychiatry and, as a result, it is a difficult concept to define. For a long time psychiatrists and social scientists have been commenting on how the psyches and psychiatric illnesses differ in non-White populations. However, transcultural psychiatry was not created as a distinct discipline until after World War II. This article will attempt to tell the story of transcultural psychiatry, charting its genesis in the aftermath of World War II, and then go on to describe how it has taken different forms in response to developments within psychiatry and wider sociocultural changes.
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