Madness : A Brief History, Paperback

Madness : A Brief History Paperback

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This fascinating story of madness reveals the radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day.

Roy Porter explores what we really mean by 'madness', covering an enormous range of topics from witches to creative geniuses, electric shock therapy to sexual deviancy, psychoanalysis to prozac.

The origins of current debates about how we define and deal with insanity are examined through eyewitness accounts of those treating patients, writers, artists, and the mad themselves.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256 pages, numerous halftones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: History of ideas
  • ISBN: 9780192802675



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This is good if you want to be able to converse on the history of psychiatry and don't have the time or inclination to read a thicker book or several books. It covers all the important points and I found it very readable, but it's very short, and the author had to rush through everything. People who read many psychology/psychiatry books (like me) probably won't learn anything new.

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