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Madhouse : a tragic tale of megalomania and modern medicine

Author: Andrew Scull
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Madhouse reveals a long-suppressed medical scandal, shocking in its brutality and sobering in its implications. It shows how a leading American psychiatrist of the early twentieth century came to believe that mental illnesses were the product of chronic infections that poisoned the brain. Convinced that he had uncovered the single source of psychosis, Henry Cotton, superintendent of the Trenton State Hospital, New
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Genre/Form: Student Collection
History
Biographies
Named Person: Henry Aloysius Cotton; Henry Aloysius Cotton; Henry Aloysius Cotton; Henry Aloysius Cotton
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Scull
ISBN: 0300107293 9780300107296 9780300126709 0300126700
OCLC Number: 57168770
Description: xiii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: No bughouse doctor --
The perils of pus infection --
The mecca of exodontia --
Selling the cure --
Fighting focal infection --
The end of the affair? --
An American abroad --
Making a medical career --
Cotton under the microscope --
Averting a scandal --
Showdown --
Playing for time --
The new lister --
Betrayals --
Death in the trenches. Epilogue: Psychiatry and its discontents.
Responsibility: Andrew Scull.
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"'Scull writes an exemplary narrative - reminding us that today's respected clinician can still easily become tomorrow's mad scientist.' Michael Moorcock, Daily Telegraph 'Madhouse is fascinating. Read more...

 
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