Madness: A History

Madness: A History

Petteri Pietikäinen


Madness: A History

is an intensive and available account of insanity from antiquity to trendy instances, delivering a large-scale but nuanced photo of psychological ailment and its kinds in western civilization.

The ebook opens by means of contemplating perceptions and studies of insanity beginning in Biblical instances, historical historical past and Hippocratic drugs to the Age of Enlightenment, sooner than relocating directly to advancements from the past due 18th century to the overdue twentieth century and the chilly struggle period. Petteri Pietikäinen seems to be at concerns equivalent to 18th century asylums, the increase of psychiatry, the background of diagnoses, the stories of psychological well-being sufferers, the emergence of neuroses, the impression of eugenics, the improvement of alternative remedies, and the past due twentieth century emergence of anti-psychiatry and the trendy malaise of the fearful good. The publication examines the historical past of insanity on the diverse degrees of micro-, meso- and macro: the social and cultural forces shaping the scientific and lay views on insanity, the discovery and improvement of diagnoses in addition to the theories and remedy tools by way of physicians, and the sufferer reviews inside and out of the psychological establishment.

Drawing commonly from basic files written through psychiatrists and money owed by way of psychological healthiness sufferers themselves, it additionally offers readers a radical grounding within the secondary literature addressing the historical past of insanity. a necessary learn for all scholars of the historical past of psychological ailment, drugs and society extra broadly.

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