I'm interested in building a data visualization to learn more about the history of the DSM. (I'm inspired by this visualization of the edit history of Darwin's "Origin of Species" by Ben Fry, as well as these journal articles about DSM history.) screenshot of Ben Fry's visualization of Darwin's "Origin of Species"

Not being a psychologist or med student myself, is it a non-starter to try and obtain past texts in electronic form (i.e. as data)? Does anyone have suggestions of where to start looking/asking?


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  • $\begingroup$ The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the publisher of all the DSMs and has an article on the history of the DSM at psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/dsm/history-of-the-dsm but I am unaware of any ability to obtain text searchable electronic formats of DSMs prior to DSM5 legally. Have you tried contacting the APA? $\endgroup$ – Chris Rogers Jan 28 '19 at 10:44

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