Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We

Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We "Catch" Mental Illness

by Harriet A. Washington

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316277815
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 369,770
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Harriet A. Washington has been a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, Shearing Fellow at the University of Nevada's Black Mountain Institute, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics. Ms. Washington has also held fellowships at the Harvard School of Public Health, Stanford University, and DePaul University College of Law. She is the author of Medical Apartheid, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Table of Contents

Introduction 3

Chapter 1 Germ Theory Redux: The Acquisition of Mental Illness 9

Chapter 2 The Fetus as Battleground: Early Exposure and Psychiatric Fate 38

Chapter 3 Growing Pains: "Catching" Anorexia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Tourette's 76

Chapter 4 Gut Feelings: The Brain in Your Belly 125

Chapter 5 Microbial Culture: Pathogens and the Shaping of Societies 158

Chapter 6 Winning at Evolutionary Chess: Strategies to Outwit Pathogens 192

Chapter 7 Tropical Madness: Infection and Neglect in the Developing World 225

Afterword 251

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 261

Index 289

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AMB_THOTN More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of Ms. Washington's work and I am familiar with her previous books "medical apartheid, and medical monopolies." I actually pre-ordered this book and received it on my the moment it was made available. I thought this book was very well written, and extremely organized. One thing I loved about this book is the fact that it sparks the readers interests to want to investigate more on the subjects she talks about. She does a great job with finding historical evidence in order to get her points across. She does this in her other books, and has truly mastered that style of writing. I would recommend this book for those who are passionate about medicine, medical research, and medical history in general. I will definitely be writing a review on my website about it. An overall great book! Peace. -AMB/THOTN
Dancer More than 1 year ago