Madness in Civilization : A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine, Hardback Book

Madness in Civilization : A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine Hardback

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This hugely ambitious volume, worldwide in scope and ranging from antiquity to the present, examines the human encounter with Unreason in all its manifestations, the challenges it poses to society and our responses to it.

In twelve chapters organized chronologically from the Bible to Freud, from exorcism to mesmerism, from Bedlam to Victorian asylums, from the theory of humours to modern pharmacology, Andrew Scull writes compellingly about madness, its meanings, its consequences and our various attempts to understand and treat it.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 448 pages, 128 illustrations, 44 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: History of medicine
  • ISBN: 9780500252123

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A good, but flawed, poorly paced account at times, of the history of insanity within civilisation, starting with the Ancient World and ending in twenty first century. Enjoyable yet, sickening, whether dicussing medieval torture or modern Big Pharma, this is a harrowing time which at times feels like hard work, but is ultimately rewarding. There are more accessible easier texts.