Saints And Madmen

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Psychiatry, once famously opposed to religion, has done an about-face. Like the legendary explorers of a century ago, some psychiatrists have set off into what they see as the last frontier: the spiritual self. In this moving and impeccably researched narrative, Russell Shorto tells remarkable stories of people suffering from what once were deemed spiritual afflictions, then came to be seen as purely medical disorders, and now are being treated as both.

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Overview

Psychiatry, once famously opposed to religion, has done an about-face. Like the legendary explorers of a century ago, some psychiatrists have set off into what they see as the last frontier: the spiritual self. In this moving and impeccably researched narrative, Russell Shorto tells remarkable stories of people suffering from what once were deemed spiritual afflictions, then came to be seen as purely medical disorders, and now are being treated as both.

In the process, Shorto brings to bear issues from the cutting edge of consciousness studies. He explores the shared territory of psychosis and mysticism; the changing meaning of "self," "soul," "mind," and "brain"; the theory that psychotropic drugs have a spiritual dimension; the meaning of religious terrorism; and the possibility that addiction and depression are spiritual conditions.

In weaving his case studies into a single story, Shorto delivers a concise update on the science of the mind and the newest efforts to probe the deepest meaning of human existence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805059014
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Series: Psychology/Religion Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Russell Shorto is the author of Gospel Truth: The New Image of Jesus Emerging from Science and History. He has written for GQ, The New Yorker, The Miami Herald, Travel & Leisure, and The New York Times Magazine. He lives in Putnam Valley, New York, with his wife and their two daughters.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
1. The New Psychotics 3
2. The Singular Pluralism of William James 30
3. Zeitgeist 48
4. Storming the Castle 61
5. The Don Quixote of Westchester 90
6. At the Center for the Spiritually Disturbed 103
7. The Patients of Job 125
8. Crusaders 142
9. The Walking Symbol 159
10. Satan in the Brain 179
11. Acid Flashback 197
12. Experience Itself 221
13. Beer, Sex, Shopping, Chocolate, God 230
Notes 237
Index 243
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