Madness: A Brief History

Madness: A Brief History

by Roy Porter
     
 

This fascinating story reveals radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day. Roy Porter 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… See more details below

Overview

This fascinating story reveals radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day. Roy Porter 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192802668
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Pages:
258
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 4.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Roy Porter is Professor of the Social History of Medicine at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London. He is the author of over 80 books, including Enlightenment: Britain and the Creation of the Modern World and A Social History of Madness.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
1Introduction1
2Gods and demons10
3Madness rationalized34
4Fools and folly62
5Locking up the mad89
6The rise of psychiatry123
7The mad156
8The century of psychoanalysis?183
9Conclusion: modern times, ancient problems?215
Further reading219
Index234

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