Madness: A Brief History

Paperback | February 5, 2004

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This fascinating story of madness reveals the radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day. Roy Porter explores what we really mean by 'madness', covering an enormous range of topics from witches to creative geniuses, electric shock therapy to sexual deviancy, psychoanalysis to prozac. The origins of current debates about how we define and deal with insanity are examined through eyewitness accounts of those treating patients, writers, artists, and the mad themselves.

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This fascinating story of madness reveals the radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day. Roy Porter explores what we really mean by 'madness', covering an enormous range of topics from witches to creative geniuses, electric shoc...

The most highly-acclaimed and prolific medical historian of this generation. Roy Porter was a well-known and widely respected author of over 80 books, the most recent being the much reviewed Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World (Penguin, 2000). He published extensively in the history of psychiatry, including A...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.77 × 4.72 × 0.66 inPublished:February 5, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192802674

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Madness, Gods, and Demons3. The Rationality of Madness4. Fools and Folly5. Locking up the Mad6. The Rise of Psychiatry7. The Mad8. The Century of Psychoanalysis9. Conclusion: Modern Times, Ancient Problems?

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`He has the perfect technique for a small book on a big subject, threading minute evidence, well-told stories and reflections through the fabric of masterly generalisation'The Times