A Mad People s History of Madness

A Mad People   s History of Madness Author Dale Peterson
ISBN-10 9780822974253
Release 1982-03-15
Pages 384
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A man desperately tries to keep his pact with the Devil, a woman is imprisoned in an insane asylum by her husband because of religious differences, and, on the testimony of a mere stranger, “a London citizen” is sentenced to a private madhouse. This anthology of writings by mad and allegedly mad people is a comprehensive overview of the history of mental illness for the past five hundred years-from the viewpoint of the patients themselves. Dale Peterson has compiled twenty-seven selections dating from 1436 through 1976. He prefaces each excerpt with biographical information about the writer. Peterson's running commentary explains the national differences in mental health care and the historical changes that have take place in symptoms and treatment. He traces the development of the private madhouse system in England and the state-run asylum system in the United States. Included is the first comprehensive bibliography of writings by the mentally ill.

History of Madness

History of Madness Author Michel Foucault
ISBN-10 9781134473809
Release 2013-02-01
Pages 776
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When it was first published in France in 1961 as Folie et Déraison: Histoire de la Folie à l'âge Classique, few had heard of a thirty-four year old philosopher by the name of Michel Foucault. By the time an abridged English edition was published in 1967 as Madness and Civilization, Michel Foucault had shaken the intellectual world. This translation is the first English edition of the complete French texts of the first and second edition, including all prefaces and appendices, some of them unavailable in the existing French edition. History of Madness begins in the Middle Ages with vivid descriptions of the exclusion and confinement of lepers. Why, Foucault asks, when the leper houses were emptied at the end of the Middle Ages, were they turned into places of confinement for the mad? Why, within the space of several months in 1656, was one out of every hundred people in Paris confined? Shifting brilliantly from Descartes and early Enlightenment thought to the founding of the Hôpital Général in Paris and the work of early psychiatrists Philippe Pinel and Samuel Tuke, Foucault focuses throughout, not only on scientific and medical analyses of madness, but also on the philosophical and cultural values attached to the mad. He also urges us to recognize the creative and liberating forces that madness represents, brilliantly drawing on examples from Goya, Nietzsche, Van Gogh and Artaud. The History of Madness is an inspiring and classic work that challenges us to understand madness, reason and power and the forces that shape them.

Madness and Civilization

Madness and Civilization Author Michel Foucault
ISBN-10 0415253853
Release 2001
Pages 282
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This text is a classic of French post-structuralist scholarship and is widely recommended on humanities courses across a variety of disciplines. Foucault's analysis of psychology is a devastating critique of the common understanding of insanity.

The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health

The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health Author Greg Eghigian
ISBN-10 9781351784382
Release 2017-04-07
Pages 404
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The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health explores the history and historiography of madness from the ancient and medieval worlds to the present day. Global in scope, it includes case studies from Africa, Asia, and South America as well as Europe and North America, drawing together the latest scholarship and source material in this growing field and allowing for fresh comparisons to be made across time and space. Thematically organised and written by leading academics, chapters discuss broad topics such as the representation of madness in literature and the visual arts, the material culture of madness, the perpetual difficulty of creating a classification system for madness and mental health, madness within life histories, the increased globalisation of knowledge and treatment practices, and the persistence of spiritual and supernatural conceptualisations of experiences associated with madness. This volume also examines the challenges involved in analysing primary sources in this area and how key themes such as class, gender, and race have influenced the treatment and diagnosis of madness throughout history. Chronologically and geographically wide-ranging, and providing a fascinating overview of the current state of the field, this is essential reading for all students of the history of madness, mental health, psychiatry, and medicine.

Delirium und Wahn Bd 19 Jahrhundert Deutschland

Delirium und Wahn  Bd  19  Jahrhundert  Deutschland Author Burkhart Brückner
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105122456325
Release 2007
Pages 944
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Delirium und Wahn Bd 19 Jahrhundert Deutschland has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Delirium und Wahn Bd 19 Jahrhundert Deutschland also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Delirium und Wahn Bd 19 Jahrhundert Deutschland book for free.

A History of Madness in Sixteenth century Germany

A History of Madness in Sixteenth century Germany Author H. C. Erik Midelfort
ISBN-10 0804741697
Release 1999
Pages 438
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This magisterial work explores how Renaissance Germans understood and experienced madness. It focuses on the insanity of the world in general but also on specific disorders; examines the thinking on madness of theologians, jurists, and physicians; and analyzes the vernacular ideas that propelled sufferers to seek help in pilgrimage or newly founded hospitals for the helplessly disordered. In the process, the author uses the history of madness as a lens to illuminate the history of the Renaissance, the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, the history of poverty and social welfare, and the history of princely courts, state building, and the civilizing process. Rather than try to fit historical experience into modern psychiatric categories, this book reconstructs the images and metaphors through which Renaissance Germans themselves understood and experienced mental illness and deviance, ranging from such bizarre conditions as St. Vitus’s dance and demonic possession to such medical crises as melancholy and mania. By examining the records of shrines and hospitals, where the mad went for relief, we hear the voices of the mad themselves. For many religious Germans, sin was a form of madness and the sinful world was thoroughly insane. This book compares the thought of Martin Luther and the medical-religious reformer Paracelsus, who both believed that madness was a basic category of human experience. For them and others, the sixteenth century was an age of increasing demonic presence; the demon-possessed seemed to be everywhere. For Renaissance physicians, however, the problem was finding the correct ancient Greek concepts to describe mental illness. In medical terms, the late sixteenth century was the age of melancholy. For jurists, the customary insanity defense did not clarify whether melancholy persons were responsible for their actions, and they frequently solicited the advice of physicians. Sixteenth-century Germany was also an age of folly, with fools filling a major role in German art and literature and present at every prince and princeling’s court. The author analyzes what Renaissance Germans meant by folly and examines the lives and social contexts of several court fools.

Sorrows of a Century

Sorrows of a Century Author John C. Weaver
ISBN-10 9780773589957
Release 2013-12-01
Pages 456
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In Sorrows of a Century, John Weaver describes how personal relationships, work, poverty, war, illness, and legal troubles have driven thousands to despair. His study is set in twentieth-century New Zealand where - in spite of high standards of living and a commitment to social welfare - citizens have experienced the profound losses and stresses of the human condition. Focusing on New Zealand because it has the most comprehensive and accessible coroners' records, Weaver analyzes a staggering amount of information to determine the social and cultural factors that contribute to suicide rates. He examines the country's investigations into sudden deaths, places them within the context of major events and societal changes, and turns to witnesses' statements, suicide notes, and medical records to remark on prevention strategies. His extensive survey of twelve thousand cases also provides an insightful assessment of psychiatry and psychology in the last century. In reviewing the motives and methods of suicide, Weaver points out the complications facing deterrence. Moving beyond the timeless present of the social sciences and the irrationality emphasized in psychology, Sorrows of a Century marshals testimony to highlight the historical context and rational conduct behind suicide.

Breathing Spaces

Breathing Spaces Author Nancy N. Chen
ISBN-10 9780231502214
Release 2003-08-05
Pages 256
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The charismatic form of healing called qigong, based on meditative breathing exercises, has achieved enormous popularity in China during the last two decades. Qigong served a critical social organizational function, as practitioners formed new informal networks, sometimes on an international scale, at a time when China was shifting from state-subsidized medical care to for-profit market medicine. The emergence of new psychological states deemed to be deviant led the Chinese state to "medicalize" certain forms while championing scientific versions of qigong. By contrast, qigong continues to be promoted outside China as a traditional healing practice. Breathing Spaces brings to life the narratives of numerous practitioners, healers, psychiatric patients, doctors, and bureaucrats, revealing the varied and often dramatic ways they cope with market reform and social changes in China.

Chronic Illness

Chronic Illness Author S. Kay Toombs
ISBN-10 0253113555
Release 1995-07-22
Pages 240
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"…excellent…" -- Choices - Choice on Dying Newsletter "Toombs, Barnard, and Carson have organized and edited a valuable series of papers that provide a rare perspective on the impact of chronic illness. Beginning with the person who is experiencing the chronic condition, they are able to weave an important blend of personal, social, and policy themes." -- Choice "This volume of collected essays is a solid contribution to the medical humanities literature on chronic illness... the contributors have produced a cohesive, systematic, and sensitive examination of issues in chronic illness and disability." -- Medical Humanities Review "Although it may seem to be intended largely for health care providers, this thought-provoking volume has much that will interest a wider lay audience." -- Medical and Health Annual An often moving exploration of the human, moral, and policy aspects of a health issue that affects each of us. Through first-person accounts and the perspectives of literature, medicine, philosophy, and religion, this book explores what it means to live with chronic illness and the implications of this experience for social policy, health care, bioethics, and the professions.

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall Author Dale Peterson
ISBN-10 9780547525792
Release 2014-11-11
Pages 752
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This essential biography of one of the most influential women of the past century shows how truly remarkable Jane Goodall’s accomplishments have been. Goodall was a secretarial school graduate when Louis Leakey, unable to find someone with more fitting credentials, first sent her to Gombe to study chimpanzees. In this acclaimed work, Dale Peterson details how this young woman of uncommon resourcefulness and pluck would go on to set radically new standards in the study of animal behavior. He vividly captures the triumphs and setbacks of her dramatic life, including the private quest that led to her now-famous activism. Peterson, a longtime Goodall collaborator, has a unique knowledge of his subject. Candid and illuminating, this work will be a revelation even to readers who are familiar with the public Goodall as presented in her own writing.

Studies in History

Studies in History Author
ISBN-10 UCAL:B3796268
Release 1987
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Studies in History has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Studies in History also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Studies in History book for free.


Madness Author Roy Porter
ISBN-10 UOM:39015054142552
Release 2002
Pages 241
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A fascinating history of "madness" offers readers a sweeping history of mental illness and its treatment, from holes drilled in five-thousand-year-old skulls to the latest in modern psychotropic drugs.

The Anatomy of Madness

The Anatomy of Madness Author William F. Bynum
ISBN-10 0422794309
Release 1985
Pages 8
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The Anatomy of Madness has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from The Anatomy of Madness also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full The Anatomy of Madness book for free.

Creativity and Madness

Creativity and Madness Author J. D. Keehn
ISBN-10 UOM:39015019110090
Release 1987
Pages 169
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Creativity and Madness has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Creativity and Madness also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Creativity and Madness book for free.

Voices of Madness

Voices of Madness Author Allan Ingram
ISBN-10 UVA:X004125340
Release 1997
Pages 154
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"Four mad individuals, or four people who were regarded as mad at least once in their lives, speak of their experience, of their treatment by others, and of their understanding of what has happened to them. The most direct is A Narrative of God's Gracious Dealings with that Choice Christian Mrs. Hannah Allen (1683), which describes Allen's breakdown and depression from a religious point of view. Alexander Cruden's The London-Citizen Exceedingly Injured (1739), on the other hand, is a work of outraged protest at wrongful confinement in a madhouse and of accusation against those who conspired to put him there. Samuel Bruckshaw too, in One More Proof of the Iniquitous Abuse of Private Madhouses (1774), protests against wrongful confinement with a detailed account of the events leading to his detention and his subsequent legal efforts to obtain redress. William Belcher's Address to Humanity: Containing, a Letter to Dr. Thomas Monro; a Receipt to Make a Lunatic, and Seize his Estate; and a Sketch of a True Smiling Hyena (1796) is a sustained diatribe by a writer who described himself as a 'Victim to the Trade of Lunacy'." "Together these writings afford a greater understanding of attitudes towards and treatment of madness during this period, and of the ways individuals responded to mental and physical suffering. Though different in circumstances and intention, they provide, as Professor Ingram makes clear in his detailed introduction, insight into the realities of madness in the eighteenth century and the ways in which language and literary conventions were adapted to address those realities."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Call Me Crazy

Call Me Crazy Author Irit Shimrat
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105020399312
Release 1997
Pages 179
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Irit Shimrat went crazy as a young woman and spent two years incarcerated in psychiatric wards. Her escape and subsequent involvement in the psychiatric survivors' movement (a.k.a. the Mad Movement) is documented here, along with accounts from other activists including Don Weitz, Lanny Beckman and Pat Caponni. An international coalition of former mental patients and their allies who oppose forced drugging, solitary confinement, electroshock and other psychiatric abuses, the Mad Movement has been active for three decades. Shimrat and others put forward powerful arguments that "mental illness" is a lucrative and socially constructed myth rather than a genetic or biochemical brain defect. Call Me Crazy is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and a springboard for intelligent, creative and humane alternatives to psychiatry. It includes a comprehensive bibliography.


Madmen Author Roy Porter
ISBN-10 CHI:80071121
Release 2004
Pages 430
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A social history of madhouses, mad doctors and lunatics