A Mad People's History of Madness

A Mad People's History of Madness

by Dale Peterson
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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“A selection of twenty-six histories of madness written by mad people from 1436 to 1976. . . . a very interesting picture of the inner experience of being mad, of the living conditions of mental patients and of the techniques of treatment. . . . a lucid and stimulating book.”
—History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences

“Dr. Peterson has compiled an interesting and readable collection of memoirs on a topic that can still rouse debate, which will prove an especially useful text to students of medical history.”
—Mentalities

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ISBN-13:
9780822934448
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
03/01/1981
Series:
Contemporary Community Health Ser.
Pages:
381

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