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The Resource Madness : a brief history, Roy Porter

Madness : a brief history, Roy Porter

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Madness : a brief history
Title
Madness
Title remainder
a brief history
Statement of responsibility
Roy Porter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A history of "madness" offers readers a history of mental illness and its treatment. The book reveals radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day. The author explores what we really mean by 'madness', covering an enormous range of topics from electric shock therapy to sexual deviancy, witches to creative geniuses, and psychoanalysis to Prozac. The origins of current debates about how we define and deal with insanity are examined through eyewitness accounts of writers, artists, those treating patients, and the mad themselves from holes drilled in five-thousand-year-old skulls to the latest in modern psychotropic drugs. Looking back on his confinement to Bethlem, Restoration playwright Nathaniel Lee declared: "They called me mad, and I called them mad, and damn them, they outvoted me." As the author shows in this work, thinking about who qualifies as insane, what causes mental illness, and how such illness should be treated has varied wildly throughout recorded history, sometimes veering dangerously close to the arbitrariness Lee describes and often encompassing cures considerably worse than the illness itself. Drawing upon eyewitness accounts of doctors, writers, artists, and the mad themselves, the author tells the story of our changing notions of insanity and of the treatments for mental illness that have been employed from antiquity to the present day. Beginning with 5,000-year-old skulls with tiny holes bored in them (to allow demons to escape), through conceptions of madness as an acute phase in the trial of souls, as an imbalance of "the humours," as the "divine fury" of creative genius, as sanity itself in a world gone mad, or as the malfunctioning of brain chemistry, he shows the many ways madness has been perceived and misperceived in every historical period. He also takes us on a fascinating round of treatments, ranging from exorcism and therapeutic terror, including immersion in a tub of eels, to the first asylums, the anti-restraint movement, shock therapy, the birth of psychoanalysis, and the current use of psychotropic drugs. Throughout, this book offers a balanced view, showing both the humane attempts to help the insane as well as the ridiculous and often cruel misunderstanding that have bedeviled our efforts to heal the mind of its myriad afflictions
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DNLM/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1946-2002
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Porter, Roy
Dewey number
616.89/009
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RC438
LC item number
.P67 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2002 E-861
  • WM 11.1
NLM item number
P847m 2002
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mental illness
  • Mentally ill
  • Psychiatry
  • Mental Disorders
  • Psychiatry
  • Mental disorders
  • Mental illness
  • Mentally ill
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychische stoornissen
  • Wahnsinn
  • Kultur
  • Psychische Störung
Label
Madness : a brief history, Roy Porter
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-233) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Locking up the mad
  • 6.
  • The rise of psychiatry
  • 7.
  • The mad
  • 8.
  • The century of psychoanalysis?
  • 9.
  • Conclusion : modern times, ancient problems?
  • 1.
  • Introduction
  • 2.
  • Gods and demons
  • 3.
  • Madness rationalized
  • 4.
  • Fools and folly
Control code
ocm48132341
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
xii, 241 pages
Isbn
9780192802668
Lccn
2001052329
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o48132341
  • (OCoLC)48132341
Label
Madness : a brief history, Roy Porter
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-233) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • Locking up the mad
  • 6.
  • The rise of psychiatry
  • 7.
  • The mad
  • 8.
  • The century of psychoanalysis?
  • 9.
  • Conclusion : modern times, ancient problems?
  • 1.
  • Introduction
  • 2.
  • Gods and demons
  • 3.
  • Madness rationalized
  • 4.
  • Fools and folly
Control code
ocm48132341
Dimensions
18 cm
Extent
xii, 241 pages
Isbn
9780192802668
Lccn
2001052329
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o48132341
  • (OCoLC)48132341

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