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Madness and civilization; a history of insanity in the age of reason.

Author: Michel Foucault
Publisher: New York, Pantheon Books [1965]
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"In recent years the question of madness and how to define it has become the centre of a great deal of discussion, partly social and psychological, partly judicial. In an historical analysis covering the period of approximately three centuries up to 1800, the author traces the changing pattern of social attitudes towards madness in Western European culture. Basing his study on extensive research into medical as well  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984.
Madness and civilization.
New York, Pantheon Books [1965]
(OCoLC)599204235
Online version:
Foucault, Michel, 1926-1984.
Madness and civilization.
New York, Pantheon Books [1965]
(OCoLC)608020239
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michel Foucault
OCLC Number: 676127
Notes: Folie et déraison: histoire de la folie à l'âge classique was originally published by Librairie Plon in 1961. "This translation is of the edition abridged by the author and published in 1964 in the Plon 10/18 series. However, the author has added some additional material from the original edition, including the chapter 'Passion and Delirium'"--Title page verso.
Description: xiii, 299 pages 22 cm
Contents: "Stultifera Navis" --
The great confinement --
The insane --
Passion and delirium --
Aspects of madness --
Doctors and patients --
The great fear --
The new division --
The birth of the asylum --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Folie et déraison.
Responsibility: Translated from the French by Richard Howard.

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"In recent years the question of madness and how to define it has become the centre of a great deal of discussion, partly social and psychological, partly judicial. In an historical analysis covering the period of approximately three centuries up to 1800, the author traces the changing pattern of social attitudes towards madness in Western European culture. Basing his study on extensive research into medical as well as theological thought, economics as well as literature, he has created a unique masterpiece of research, understanding and imagination." [Back cover].

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