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The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health

Edited by: Greg Eghigian

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  April  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138781603
eBook ISBN: 9781315202211
Adobe ISBN: 9781351784399

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The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health explores the history and historiography of madness from the ancient and medieval worlds to the present day. Global in scope, it includes case studies from Africa, Asia, and South America as well as Europe and North America, drawing together the latest scholarship and source material in this growing field and allowing for fresh comparisons to be made across time and space.

Thematically organised and written by leading academics, chapters discuss broad topics such as the representation of madness in literature and the visual arts, the material culture of madness, the perpetual difficulty of creating a classification system for madness and mental health, madness within life histories, the increased globalisation of knowledge and treatment practices, and the persistence of spiritual and supernatural conceptualisations of experiences associated with madness. This volume also examines the challenges involved in analysing primary sources in this area and how key themes such as class, gender, and race have influenced the treatment and diagnosis of madness throughout history.

Chronologically and geographically wide-ranging, and providing a fascinating overview of the current state of the field, this is essential reading for all students of the history of madness, mental health, psychiatry, and medicine.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Representations of madmen and madness in Jewish sources from the pre-exilic to the Roman-Byzantine period  Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Ancient Greek and Roman traditions Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Madness in the Middle Ages Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Healers and healing in the early modern health care market Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The asylum, hospital, and clinic Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The epistemology and classification of ‘madness’ since the eighteenth century Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Psychiatry and religion Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Madness in Western literature and the arts Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Psychiatry and its visual culture in the Modern Era Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Madness and psychiatry in Latin America’s long nineteenth century Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Histories of madness in South Asia Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Mad Africa Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Voices of madness in Japan Download PDF
Chapter  14:  The straitjacket, the bed, and the pill Download PDF
Chapter  15:  From the perspectives of mad people Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Dementia Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Passions and moods Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Psychosis Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Somatic treatments Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Psychotherapy in society Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The antidepressant era revisited Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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