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Jay, Mike 1959 December 14-

Overview
Works: 32 works in 127 publications in 2 languages and 2,724 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Case studies  Television programs  Interviews  Television talk shows  Instructional films  Documentary films  Nonfiction films 
Roles: Author, Director
Classifications: RC464.M379, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Mike Jay
High society : the central role of mind-altering drugs in history, science and culture by Mike Jay( Book )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 412 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"An illustrated cultural history of drug use from its roots in animal intoxication to its future in designer neurochemicals"--Provided by publisher
The atmosphere of heaven : the unnatural experiments of Dr. Beddoes and his sons of genius by Mike Jay( Book )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This riveting book is the first to tell the story of Dr. Beddoes and the brilliant circle who surrounded him: Erasmus Darwin, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Southey, who supported his ideas; James Watt, who designed and built his laboratory; Thomas Wedgwood, who funded it; and the dazzling young chemistry assistant, Humphry Davy, who identified nitrous oxide and tested it on himself, with spectacular results. Medical historian Mike Jay charts the chaotic rise and fall of the institution in this fast-paced account, and reveals its crucial influence on modern drug culture, attitudes toward objective and subjective knowledge, the development of anesthetic surgery, and the birth of the Romantic movement
This way madness lies : the asylum and beyond by Mike Jay( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Is mental illness-- or madness-- at root an illness of the body, a disease of the mind, or a sickness of the soul? Should those who suffer from it be secluded from society or integrated more fully into it? This book explores the meaning of mental illness through the successive incarnations of the institution that defined it: the madhouse, designed to segregate its inmates from society; the lunatic asylum, which intended to restore the reason of sufferers by humane treatment; and the mental hospital, which reduced their conditions to diseases of the brain. Rarely seen photographs and illustrations drawn from the archives of mental institutions in Europe and the U.S. illuminate and reinforce the compelling narrative, while extensive 'gallery' sections present revealing and thought-provoking artworks by asylum patients and other artists from each era of the institution and beyond.--
The unfortunate Colonel Despard by Mike Jay( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beautifully crafted and as thrilling as any novel, this is the extraordinary story of a classic British hero who was executed as Britain's "first terrorist." Colonel Edward Despard was the last person in Britain to be sentenced to hanging, drawing, and quartering for high treason. At his execution in 1803, 20,000 citizens looked on silently. Few of them believed he was guilty. He had fought in Nicaragua alongside Horatio Nelson in one of the most hellish jungle campaigns in the history of warfare. While in command of the British settlement of Belize, he married a black woman and staked his reputation on granting equal rights to freed slaves. Summoned to London to explain himself, and finding his career put on hold, he joined the revolutionary underground. Despard's personal drama unfolds against a backdrop of voodoo slave revolts and naval mutinies, the French Revolution and the Irish Rebellion. His fate was the sensational climax to a British revolution that never happened--but it also presaged the birth of modern democracy" -- publisher website (February 2007)
The Air Loom gang : the strange and true story of James Tilly Matthews and his visionary madness by Mike Jay( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"London, the 1790s. Europe is in turmoil, and mysterious forces seem to be edging England into a disastrous war with France. Not quite at the center of the political maelstrom is James Tilly Matthews, a Welsh tea merchant and antiwar activist who holds covert meetings with the leaders of both countries. But Matthews also believes his mind is being controlled by a gang of revolutionary terrorists and their diabolical secret machine: the Air Loom." "The only person aware of the Air Loom's existence, Matthews is promptly declared mad and exiled to Bedlam, the world's most notorious madhouse, where he is held against his will for the rest of his life. At Bedlam his "delusions" are celebrated as the most complex and bizarre ever recorded. He remains one of the most famous cases in psychiatric history - the first man to believe his mind was being controlled by a machine. The truth of his case, however, was even stranger than his doctors realized: many of the incredible political episodes in which he claimed to have been involved were entirely real."--Jacket
1900 : a fin-de-siècle reader( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artificial paradises : a drugs reader( Book )

5 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This sensational anthology features a rich tapestry of voices exploring the powerful role that mind-altering drugs have played throughout history. It brings together a multiplicity of voices to explore the presence -- both secret and public -- of drugs in the overlapping dialogues of science and religion, pleasure and madness, individualism and social control. Featuring writings by William Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Aldous Huxley, Alice B. Toklas, Charles Baudelaire, Sigmund Freud, and an array of other seekers, Artificial Paradises locates the origins, busts the myths, examines the scientific studies, and embraces the controversy surrounding drugs, offering an honest, if not psychedelic, portrait of the lives and minds of those who have used them
Emperors of dreams : drugs in the nineteenth century by Mike Jay( Book )

13 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The text of Emperors of Dreams has been revised, updated and with new material added. It paints a fresh and startling picture both of today's illicit drugs and of the nineteenth century in general. It is a fascinating book... Jay is excellent is on the emergence of medical science as a social force. W.N.Herbert in Scotland on Sunday As well as exploding the fantasy that a society without drugs used to exist, Jay clarifies the question of why so many of them were outlawed...in the process, he tells a series of fascinating stories about the first individuals to describe their effects, and how their use spread. Peter Carty in Time Out Intelligent, witty, cogent and a bit pissed off, Emperors of Dreams is one of the best books on drugs I have come across, and should be mandatory reading for anyone concerned with drug legalisation. Julian Keeling in The New Statesman The changing status of the coca leaf is one of the many stories told by Mike Jay in his engaging survey of drug use in the 19th century.... Fear of pleasure, as Jay shows in this splendid book, is perhaps the most powerful motive in the hysterical anti-drug rhetoric that has created the mess we are in today. Joan Smith in The Independent on Sunday Meticulously researched, compulsively readable and unfailingly fascinating...more than just an inebriating travelogue of days gone by, Jay's book is important in its even-handed, dispassionate and intelligent discussion of such incendiary topics as decriminalisation and legalisation. His closing chapter on temperance and prohibition is perhaps the most level-headed prose ever written on the subject. Gary Lachman in The Fortean Times
Project management by Larry Johnson( Visual )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using humor and practical examples, this program demonstrates how to manage a project from the idea stage through implementation and features charting techniques, estimating and project monitoring. Examples are presented from both small and large organizations
The Air Loom gang : the strange and true story of James Tilly Matthews and his visionary madness by Mike Jay( Book )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

High Society : eine Kulturgeschichte der Drogen by Mike Jay( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in German and English and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jede Gesellschaft hat ihre Drogen. Dabei ist das Angebot so vielfältig wie die Kulturen dieser Welt: von "Alltagsdrogen" wie Kaffee, Tee, Kakao und Alkohol bis zu hierzulande illegalen Drogen wie Kokain oder Ecstasy. Konsumiert wird rund um den Globus: In den Nachtklubs von Thailand wird ya'aba geraucht, Haschisch in den Tempeln im Himalaya, und Tabak fast überall. Auf indonesischen Märkten wird Betel gekauft und gekaut, in den Anden genießt man Kokablätter, in den Wüsten von Rajasthan Opiumpillen, und in den australischen Slums betäuben sich die Aborigines mit Benzoldämpfen. Mike Jay erkundet das ganze Spektrum bewusstseinsverändernder Substanzen und verfolgt deren geschichtliche Entwicklung. Der renommierte Kulturhistoriker zeichnet ein lebendiges Porträt der höchst unterschiedlichen Rollen, die Drogen als Arznei, als rituelles Stimulans, als Statussymbol oder begehrte Handelsware spielen. Er verfolgt ihre Geschichte von den botanischen Forschungen der antiken Welt über die oft riskanten Selbstversuche früher Wissenschaftler bis zum gegenwärtigen Krieg gegen Drogen. Dabei zeigt er auch, auf welche Weise der internationale Handel mit Substanzen wie Tabak, Tee und Opium die moderne Welt geprägt und verändert hat
Medical London : city of diseases, city of cures by Richard Barnett( Book )

6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From psychopaths to homeopaths, from bodysnatchers to Bohemians, this set covers the roles played by diseases, treatments and cures in London's sprawling history. Includes a book of essays, 6 individual walking tour maps, and a gazetteer
A visionary madness : the case of James Tilly Matthews and the influencing machine by Mike Jay( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Confined in Bedlam in 1797 as an incurable lunatic, James Tilly Matthews is one of the most bizarre case studies in the annals of psychiatry. Often cited as the first thorough case study of what we would today call paranoid schizophrenia, Matthews drew intricate diagrams of the influencing machine that he believed to be reading and controlling his mind. But his case was even stranger than his doctors realized: many of the incredible conspiracies in which he claimed to be involved were entirely real. A Visionary Madness traces the story of antiwar advocate James Tilly Matthews through the political and social upheaval of the late eighteenth century, providing a vivid account of the unraveling of Matthews's mind, a snapshot of late eighteenth-century psychiatry, and its relevance to current narratives of madness, conspiracy theories, mind control, and political manipulation. Digging deep into historical records and primary sources, author Mike Jay carefully untangles truth from delusion, providing evidence that Matthews was a political prisoner as much as a madman: he had been working as a double agent in the French Revolution and was privy to political secrets the British government feared he might expose. In the process, Jay illuminates the murky revolutionary politics of the 1790s and situates Matthews' visionary madness within the wider cultural upheavals of a world on the brink of modernity. The details of Matthews' treatment in Bedlam reveals the birth-pangs of early psychiatry and its struggle to free its patients from the harsh regimes of the eighteenth-century madhouse. A fascinating and fast-paced narrative history, A Visionary Madness raises profound questions about the nature of madness and the birth of the modern world"--Back cover
Blue tide : the search for soma by Mike Jay( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The influencing machine : James Tilly Matthews and the air loom by Mike Jay( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie Rose( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An hour remembrance of American playwright Arthur Miller, respected American playwright and essayist. Miller was a prominent figure in American theatre, writing dramas that include awards-winning plays such as "All My Sons," "Death of a Salesman," and "The Crucible." Miller was often in the public eye, particularly during the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s, a period during which he testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was married to Marilyn Monroe. This video collects selected excerpts from several interviews by Charlie Rose of Arthur Miller
This way madness lies : the three ages of the asylum by Mike Jay( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Oh excellent air bag" : under the influence of nitrous oxide, 1799-1920( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The summer of 1799 saw a new fad take root in a certain circle of British society: the inhalation of nitrous oxide, also known as "laughing gas". The pioneer of these experiments was a young Humphry Davy, future President of the Royal Society, whose descriptions of being under the influence, as well as those penned by his clique, are among the most remarkable in the history of science. From its subsequent use in "laughing gas shows" through to its eventual employment in anaesthetics, the "delectable air" would go on to inspire more than a century of extraordinary writings that combined the scientific, the poetic, and the philosophical in a wholly new way. This volume collects the most striking examples of both these first-hand accounts and the secondary literature they spawned, including writings by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, William James, and Theodore Dreiser. Far from the images of balloon-huffing festival-goers and post-dental nonsense that nitrous oxide tends to conjure today, this unique anthology reveals the fascinating pedigree of the gas -- a history at the very heart of the romantic movement and one of the great early blooms of psychedelic literature
Medical London : Soho by night : city of diseases, city of cures( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medical London comprises three distinct parts, all enclosed in a hardback cloth slipcase: Sick City, a book of essays outlining aspects of London?s medical history; Anatomy of the City, a beautifully illustrated full-colour gazetteer featuring London sites of medical interest; and six full-colour maps of suggested walking routes for those who wish to explore the city?s history for themselves
Medical London. city of diseases, city of cures : From homeopaths to psychopaths, Bohemian medicine in Chelsea( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Medical London comprises three distinct parts, all enclosed in a hardback cloth slipcase: Sick City, a book of essays outlining aspects of London?s medical history; Anatomy of the City, a beautifully illustrated full-colour gazetteer featuring London sites of medical interest; and six full-colour maps of suggested walking routes for those who wish to explore the city?s history for themselves
 
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The atmosphere of heaven : the unnatural experiments of Dr. Beddoes and his sons of genius
Alternative Names
Jay, Mike 1959 Dec. 14-

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The atmosphere of heaven : the unnatural experiments of Dr. Beddoes and his sons of geniusThe unfortunate Colonel DespardThe Air Loom gang : the strange and true story of James Tilly Matthews and his visionary madness1900 : a fin-de-siècle readerArtificial paradises : a drugs readerEmperors of dreams : drugs in the nineteenth centuryThe Air Loom gang : the strange and true story of James Tilly Matthews and his visionary madnessMedical London : city of diseases, city of cures