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Madness : a history

Author: Petteri Pietikäinen
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2015.
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"Madness : A History is an account of madness from antiquity to modern times, offering a picture of mental illness and its varieties in Western civilization. The book examines the social and cultural forces shaping the medical and lay perspectives on madness, the invention and development of diagnoses as well as the theories and treatment methods by physicians, and the patient experiences inside and outside of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Petteri Pietikäinen
ISBN: 9780415713160 0415713161 9780415713184 0415713188
OCLC Number: 898113408
Description: vi, 346 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction to madness and its history --
Part I. Madness from antiquity to the age of the Enlightenment --
Madness in ancient and medieval times --
Madness, folly and religion in early modern Europe --
From the devil's temptation to wrong thinking : madness in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries --
Part III. The great transformation : medicalization of madness in the long nineteenth century --
The age of the asylum --
The medical management of madness --
Living and dying in asylumland --
Naming the mad mind --
Part III. Naming and managing madness in the golden age of asylums --
Mental maladies in the twentieth century --
Mental treatment from magnetism to psychoanalysis --
War and madness --
Shocks and surgeries : somatic treatments of the twentieth century --
Part IV. Madness in the Cold War era and beyond --
Mind control, political psychiatry and the human rights --
The psychopharmacological revolution --
Madness between sanity and normalcy --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Petteri Pietikäinen.
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"Madness : A History is an account of madness from antiquity to modern times, offering a picture of mental illness and its varieties in Western civilization. The book examines the social and cultural forces shaping the medical and lay perspectives on madness, the invention and development of diagnoses as well as the theories and treatment methods by physicians, and the patient experiences inside and outside of the mental institution"--

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