Madness in Civilization

Madness in Civilization

A Cultural History of Insanity from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine

Hardback448pp Illustrated233x153mm

9780500252123     Product Code: 506852

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In this cultural history of insanity, from the Bible to modern medicine, Professor Scull argues that we remain far from understanding the roots of madness and that modern psychiatry has much to learn from the responses of past societies. Examining medical, pharmacological, religious and psychological approaches, he explains how madness has been perceived as a frightening challenge to the social fabric, and as a profound influence on the arts. 

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