The Meaning of Madness

The Meaning of Madness

by Neel Burton

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This award winning book aims to open up the debate on mental disorders, to get people interested and talking, and to get them thinking.

For example, what is schizophrenia? Why is it so common? Why does it affect human beings but not other animals? What might this tell us about our mind and body, language and creativity, music and religion? What are the boundaries between mental disorder and 'normality'? Is there a relationship between mental disorder and genius?

These are some of the difficult but important questions that this book confronts, with the overarching aim of exploring what mental disorders can teach us about human nature and the human condition.

A really accessible and thorough approach to a complex and often impenetrable subject. -British Neuroscience Association

Neel Burton succeeds brilliantly, not only in explaining different types of mental illness in simple terms, but also in the breadth of understanding he brings to aspects of life outside the mental straitjacket. -British Medical Association

Ultimately, this is a work of contradictions, an undemanding read that could challenge your view of the world. -Medical Journalists' Association

This remarkable book provides a highly readable and at the same time authoritative account that by combining literary and scientific sources shows the deep connections between madness and some of our most important attributes as human beings. -Prof Bill Fulford, University of Oxford

About the author

Dr Neel Burton is a psychiatrist, philosopher, and wine-lover who lives and teaches in Oxford, England. He is a Fellow of Green-Templeton College in the University of Oxford, and the recipient of the Society of Authors' Richard Asher Prize, the British Medical Association's Young Authors' Award, the Medical Journalists' Association Open Book Award, and a Best in the World Gourmand Award. His work has featured in the likes of Aeon, the Spectator, and the Times, and been translated into several languages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781913260033
Publisher: Acheron Press
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Series: Ataraxia , #1
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 202
Sales rank: 768,812
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Neel Burton hat Neurowissenschaften und Medizin in London studiert und ist Mitglied des Royal College of Psychiatrists. Er hat mehrere preisgekrönte Bücher verfasst, darunter ein Lehrbuch der Psychiatrie und ein Selbsthilfebuch für Menschen mit Schizophrenie. Burton lebt und lehrt in Oxford.

Table of Contents


1. Persönlichkeit, Identität und Instanz

2. Schizophrenie – der Preis, den wir dafür bezahlen, Mensch zu sein

3. Depression – der Fluch des Starken

4. Die manisch-depressive Krankheit – der gute Wahnsinn

5. Angst, Freiheit und Tod

6. Suizid


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