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American melancholy : constructions of depression in the twentieth century

Author: Laura D Hirshbein
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2009.
Series: Critical issues in health and medicine.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Depression was not classified as a disease until the 1980 publication of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-III (DSM-III). How, then, is it that such an illness, thought to affect between 14 and 17 million Americans, was not specifically defined until the late twentieth century?" "Laura D. Hirshbein traces the growth of depression as an object of medical study and as a consumer  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hirshbein, Laura D., 1967-
American melancholy.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2009
(OCoLC)820752654
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laura D Hirshbein
ISBN: 9780813545844 0813545846
OCLC Number: 269433041
Description: x, 194 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Prelude to depression --
The expanding diagnosis of depression --
American moods and the consumer solution --
Gender, depression, diagnosis, and power --
Feelings and relationships --
Epilogue: real men, real depression.
Series Title: Critical issues in health and medicine.
Responsibility: Laura D. Hirshbein.

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Traces the growth of depression as an object of medical study and as a consumer commodity. This book addresses gender issues in the construction of depression, explores key questions of how its  Read more...

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