Dean K. Brooks, MD, 1916-2013

Dean K. Brooks, MD, is a central figure in the history of Oregon’s public mental health systems. Before it was common practice, Dr. Brooks brought a humanitarian focus to the institutional care of people with mental illness. From 1947as a new psychiatrist through 1982 he initiated innovative practices at OSH. As Superintendent
from 1955 to 1982 he was a national leader of mental health reform, proving that it is possible even in the
face of severe overcrowding and aging facilities. He created a steady path, reminding himself at every turn “…always remember, you are here to serve the Patient.”

“…always remember, you are here to serve the Patient.”

More Articles about Dr. Dean Brooks


New York Times article and Blog Post


In Memorium: Dr. Dean K. Brooks

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