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Muses, madmen, and prophets : rethinking the history, science, and meaning of auditory hallucination

Author: Daniel B Smith
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2007.
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"Auditory hallucination is one of the most awe-inspiring, terrifying, and ill-understood tricks of which the human psyche is capable. Muses, Madmen, and Prophets reevaluates the popular conception of this phenomenon today and through the ages, revealing the roots of its medical understanding and treatment. The book probes history, literature, anthropology, psychology, and neurology to explain and demystify the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel B Smith
ISBN: 9781594201103 1594201102
OCLC Number: 71189922
Description: xiii, 254 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prelude : the pathological assumption --
The house of mirrors --
Noble automatons --
Interlude : listening --
The tyranny of meaning --
The soft-spoken god --
Enigmatical dictation --
Interlude : floating --
Personal deity : Socrates versus the state --
Digna vox : Joan of Arc versus the church --
Morbid offspring : Daniel Paul Schreber versus psychiatry --
Postlude : hearing voices.
Responsibility: by Daniel B. Smith.
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"Auditory hallucination is one of the most awe-inspiring, terrifying, and ill-understood tricks of which the human psyche is capable. Muses, Madmen, and Prophets reevaluates the popular conception of this phenomenon today and through the ages, revealing the roots of its medical understanding and treatment. The book probes history, literature, anthropology, psychology, and neurology to explain and demystify the experience of hearing voices, in a quest for understanding."--Jacket.

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