Madness In Civilization: A Cultural History Of Insanity, From The Bible To Freud, From The Madhouse To Modern Medicine by Andrew ScullMadness In Civilization: A Cultural History Of Insanity, From The Bible To Freud, From The Madhouse To Modern Medicine by Andrew Scull

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The loss of reason, a sense of alienation from the commonsense world we all like to imagine we inhabit, the shattering emotional turmoil that seizes hold and won't let go-these are some of the traits we associate with madness. Today, mental disturbance is most commonly viewed through a medical lens, but societies have also sought to make sense of it through religion or the supernatural, or by constructing psychological or social explanations in an effort to tame the demons of unreason. Madness in Civilization traces the long and complex history of this affliction and our attempts to treat it.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, Madness in Civilization takes readers from antiquity to today, painting a vivid and often harrowing portrait of the different ways that cultures around the world have interpreted and responded to the seemingly irrational, psychotic, and insane. From the Bible to Sigmund Freud, from exorcism to mesmerism, from Bedlam to Victorian asylums, from the theory of humors to modern pharmacology, the book explores the manifestations and meanings of madness, its challenges and consequences, and our varied responses to it. It also looks at how insanity has haunted the imaginations of artists and writers and describes the profound influence it has had on the arts, from drama, opera, and the novel to drawing, painting, and sculpture.

Written by one of the world's preeminent historians of psychiatry, Madness in Civilization is a panoramic history of the human encounter with unreason.

Andrew Scull is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Masters of Bedlam: The Transformation of the Mad-Doctoring Trade (Princeton).
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Title:Madness In Civilization: A Cultural History Of Insanity, From The Bible To Freud, From The Madhouse…Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:August 29, 2016Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thought provoking We actually used this book as a textbook at my University for the course "A History of Madness", and its pretty great. At times, I found it hard to understand exactly what the author was trying to saying, but I usually got the gist of it (I blame it on the fact that I'm a business student and like my straight forwards maths). It is not a chronological listing of historical events, it offers opinions and questions as well, which is why it is more readable than your typical textbook. I thanked my prof for choosing it. And gotta love that cover!!
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 8

Chapter One CONFRONTING MADNESS 10

Chapter Two MADNESS IN THE ANCIENT WORLD 16

Chapter Three THE DARKNESS AND THE DAWN 48

Chapter Four MELANCHOLIE AND MADNESSE 86

Chapter Five MADHOUSES AND MAD-DOCTORS 122

Chapter Six NERVES AND NERVOUSNESS 162

Chapter Seven THE GREAT CONFINEMENT 188

Chapter Eight DEGENERATION AND DESPAIR 224

Chapter Nine THE DEMI-FOUS 268

Chapter Ten DESPERATE REMEDIES 290

Chapter Eleven A MEANINGFUL INTERLUDE 322

Chapter Twelve A PSYCHIATRIC REVOLUTION? 358

Notes 412

Bibliography 428

Sources of Illustrations 440

Index 441

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"Madness in Civilization is an impressive, mature and fluent book. It is a powerful work of cultural history and it contains much evidence from literature, art, film, music, physicians' writing and reflection, medical writing and more."--Catharine Coleborne, Medical History