Faber Book Of Madness

by Roy Porter

Faber And Faber | June 1, 1993 | Trade Paperback

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Roy Sydney Porter was born December 31, 1946. He grew up in a south London working class home. He attended Wilson¿s Grammar School, Camberwell, and won an unheard of scholarship to Cambridge. His starred double first in history at Cambridge University (1968) led to a junior research fellowship at his college, Christ's, followed by a teaching post at Churchill College, Cambridge. His PhD thesis, published as The Making Of Geology (1977), became the first of more than 100 books that he wrote or edited. Porter was a Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Churchill College, Cambridge from 1972 to 1979; Dean from 1977 to 1979; Assistant Lecturer in European History at Cambridge University from 1974 to 1977, Lecturer from 1977 to 1979. He joined the Wellcome Institute fot the History of Medicine in 1979 where he was a Senior Lecturer from 1979 to 1991, a Reader from 1991 to 1993, and finally a Professor in the Social History of Medicine from 1993 to 2001. Porter was Elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1994, and he was also made an honorary fellow by both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Roy Porter died March 4, 2002, at the age of 55.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 592 pages, 8.75 × 5.29 × 1.65 in

Published: June 1, 1993

Publisher: Faber And Faber

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0571143881

ISBN - 13: 9780571143887

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Faber Book of Madness, edited by Roy Porter I loved this book but would warn folks that emotionally speaking, it is not an easy or comfortable read! The Faber Book of Madness, edited by the late Roy Porter Paperback (Note the cover of my copy does not look like the one shown above so don't be surprised if you see it under a different cover.) Length: 538 pages, plus an extensive and well crafted bibliography ISBN: 0-571-14388-1 This is an anthology (collection) of writings by and about those considered insane or "mad" throughout history. Some are taken from as far back as the 1500's. Each chapter begins with a blurb from Porter about the ensuing writings. Much of the book focuses on the horrors of asylum life, as seen through the eyes of the patients. Again, some are from hundreds of years ago, and some from just a couple of decades ago. It is not organized in chronological order, but rather grouped by similar topics. Included are stories of how frighteningly easy it was, until very recently, to get someone committed - especially women - when you wanted them out of the way - such as to get access to their money. Even more chilling though, is the so-called "treatments" applied to "cure" these poor souls. This book describes the various tortures once called "treatments!" And of course all the writings from the victims, er, patients, made it all the more heart-wrenching. I think the worst part, for me at least, was that many of these things were still going on as late as the 1980s! Very shocking indeed, but as a good read it was absolutely fascinating. It's one of those books that while fascinating and engrossing, can drag you down a bit at times. I read other books at the same time to give me a break when this started to happen - I just put it down and picked a lighter read up. I do this a lot when a book is too weighty, in terms of content, to cope with for long periods of time and find it does help a lot. Of course when I say long periods of time, I usually mean more than a couple hours at time....really do love my reading!
Date published: 2008-09-28

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Faber Book Of Madness

Faber Book Of Madness

by Roy Porter

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 592 pages, 8.75 × 5.29 × 1.65 in

Published: June 1, 1993

Publisher: Faber And Faber

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0571143881

ISBN - 13: 9780571143887

About the Author

Roy Sydney Porter was born December 31, 1946. He grew up in a south London working class home. He attended Wilson¿s Grammar School, Camberwell, and won an unheard of scholarship to Cambridge. His starred double first in history at Cambridge University (1968) led to a junior research fellowship at his college, Christ's, followed by a teaching post at Churchill College, Cambridge. His PhD thesis, published as The Making Of Geology (1977), became the first of more than 100 books that he wrote or edited. Porter was a Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Churchill College, Cambridge from 1972 to 1979; Dean from 1977 to 1979; Assistant Lecturer in European History at Cambridge University from 1974 to 1977, Lecturer from 1977 to 1979. He joined the Wellcome Institute fot the History of Medicine in 1979 where he was a Senior Lecturer from 1979 to 1991, a Reader from 1991 to 1993, and finally a Professor in the Social History of Medicine from 1993 to 2001. Porter was Elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1994, and he was also made an honorary fellow by both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Roy Porter died March 4, 2002, at the age of 55.