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The Routledge history of madness and mental health / edited by Greg Eghigian.

  • Eghigian, Greg, 1961-
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History of madness and mental health


This book 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.--Publisher description.


London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2017.

Physical description

xii, 392 pages : black and white illustrations ; 26 cm.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


The Routledge history of madness and mental health.


Introduction to the history of madness and mental health / Greg Eghigian -- Part I. Madness in the ancient and medieval worlds -- Representations of madmen and madness in Jewish sources from the pre-exilic to the Roman-Byzantine period / Madalina Vartejanu-Joubert -- Ancient Greek and Roman traditions / Chiara Thumiger -- Madness in the Middle Ages / Claire Trenery and Peregrine Horden -- Part II. Professions, institutions, and tools -- Healers and healing in the early modern health care market / Elizabeth Mellyn -- The asylum, hospital, and clinic / Andrew Scull -- The epistemology and classification of madness since the 18th century / German E. Berrios and Ivana Marková -- Part III. Beyond medicine -- Psychiatry and religion / Rhodri Hayward -- Literature and the arts / Ilya Vinitsky -- Psychiatry and its visual culture, ca. 1800-1960 / Andreas Killen -- Part IV. Global dimensions, colonial and post-colonial settings -- Madness and psychiatry in Latin America's long nineteenth century / Manuella Meyer -- Histories of madness in South Asia / Waltraud Ernst -- Mad Africa / Sally Swartz -- Voices of madness in Japan : narrative devices at the psychiatric bedside and in modern literature / Akihito Suzuki -- Part V. Perspectives and experiences -- The straightjacket, the bed, and the pill : material culture and madness / Benoît Majerus -- From the perspectives of mad people / Geoffrey Reaume -- Dementia : confusion at the borderlands of aging and madness / Jesse Ballenger -- Part VI. Maladies, disorders, and treatments -- Passions and moods / Laura Hirshbein -- Psychosis / Richard Noll -- Somatic therapies / Jonathan Sadowsky -- Psychotherapy in society : historical reflections / Sonu Shamdasani -- The antidepressant era revisited : towards differentiation and patient- -- Empowerment in diagnosis and treatment / Toine Pieters.


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  • 9781138781603
  • 1138781606