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Gerald N. Grob

Gerald N. Grob, 84, Henry E. Sigerist Professor of the History of Medicine (Emeritus) at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and its Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, passed away on December 16, 2015, in Evergreen, Colorado.

The cause was liver failure and complications from cancer, his son, Seth Grob, said.

Grob, a historian of medicine, was well known for his books on the history of treatment of the mentally ill. His first such book, "The State and the Mentally Ill: A History of Worcester State Hospital in Massachusetts, 1830-1920," became a classic in its field.

Between 1973 and 1991, Grob published a definitive history of mental health treatment and policy in America from 1875 to approximately 1990, "Mental Institutions in America: Social Policy to 1875," "Mental Illness and American Society, 1875-1940," and "From Asylum to Community: Mental Health Policy in Modern America." "The Mad Among Us" was a more accessible review of this history.

He began his teaching career at Clark University, where he taught until coming to Rutgers in 1969. In addition to his teaching and research in the Department of History and at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Grob served three times as the chair of his department.

He is survived by his wife, Lila; his sister, Gloria Oresky; three sons, Evan, Seth, and Brad; and eight grandchildren.

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