Obsession: A History

Obsession: A History

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by Lennard J. Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226137821

ISBN-13: 9780226137827

Pub. Date: 11/01/2008

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Beginning with the roots of the disease in demonic possession and its secular successors, Lennard Davis traces the evolution of obsessive behavior from a social and religious fact of life into a medical and psychiatric problem. From obsessive aspects of professional specialization to obsessive sex and nymphomania, no variety of obsession eludes Davis's analysis.…  See more details below

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Beginning with the roots of the disease in demonic possession and its secular successors, Lennard Davis traces the evolution of obsessive behavior from a social and religious fact of life into a medical and psychiatric problem. From obsessive aspects of professional specialization to obsessive sex and nymphomania, no variety of obsession eludes Davis's analysis. Obsession also considers the clinical definition of the condition: Davis investigates the huge increase (estimates suggest up to 600-fold) in diagnosis of obsessive-compulsive disorder over the past thirty years. Surveying the many ways in which doctors today treat OCD, he points out the limitations of and contradictions within the biological definitions of the disease.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226137827
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Obsession in our time 1

1 Origins of obsession 31

2 The emergence of obsession 67

3 Specialization as monomania 81

4 Never done : compulsive writing, graphomania, bibliomania 105

5 Freud and obsession as the gateways to psychoanalysis 125

6 Obsessive sex and love 145

7 Obsession and visual art 187

8 OCD : now and forever 209

9 Conclusion : so what? so what? so what? : and other obsessive thoughts 235

Acknowledgments 245

Notes 247

Index 277

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