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This hugely ambitious volume worldwide in scope and ranging from antiuity 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 conseuences and our various attempts to understand and treat itThis hugely ambitious volume worldwide in scope and ranging from antiuity 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 conseuences and our various attempts to understand and treat itThis hugely ambitious volume worldwide in scope and ranging from antiuity 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 conseuences and our various attempts to understand and treat it


4 thoughts on “Madness in civilization

  1. says:

    Lucid and interesting The references list is a good compendium of resources for people researching these topics


  2. says:

    Very interesting


  3. says:

    Review of Andrew Scull’s “Madness in Civilization”Another time another place another interpretation of what is and what is not madness Andrew Scull’s Madness in Civilization shines a light on how successive civilisations have attempted to define and categorise the various forms of madness At one time he points out it was deemed to afflict only the rich who considered themselves superior to the poor because only they were civilised and madness came with superior intelligence Madness was – and still is to some extent – identified with being very close to genius The fact that the wealth of the privileged was attractive to would be mad doctors and all manner of uacks seems to have escaped the victims of such parasitesHowever there were exceptions to this assumption How was one to explain the madness attributed to John Claire the poet coming from lowly origins? Or the fact that the French Revolution failed to eradicate madness even though most of the rich aristocrats with such conditions would have been eliminated by the guillotine? Even a brief comparison between the new regime in France and that in the newly independent United States of America demonstrated that freedom whether coming from the left or the right wing extreme failed to liberate the madOn closer analysis it would appear that most people prefer a predictable existence despite having restrictions placed on their liberty to the anarchic state of turmoil that revolution entails Indeed though Scull does not mention the fact specifically the Industrial Revolution is known to have generated similar epidemics of madness Having to adapt to major change seems to have been the trigger for all of thisOf course as well as identifying traumatic events of an environmental nature as triggers for madness psychologists and psychiatrists or alienists as the French chose to call them have placed the blame on genetic factors or sought to blame conditions on that ever available scapegoat the mother whether that be because she is thought to be over protective or too domineering; and naturally our bête noir here is Sigmund Freud who started off the whole hysterical process in the first placePatients were eventually to be systematically released from the asylum of gargantuan institutions such as Colney Hatch Psychiatric Institution into the “sink or swim” freedom of care in the community and many nouveau riche ingénues snapped up the luxury apartments constructed on the site blissfully unaware of its previous function Big Pharma no longer interested in uick fit cures uickly identified a new market for repeat prescriptions for the chronically ill through its evidence biased psychiatry as Scull so aptly puts it as opposed to evidence based psychiatryIt is really useful to read the author’s discussion of the impact the theme of madness has had on everything from the dramas of Shakespeare to the operas of Mozart or indeed on art painting and sculpture Scull’s book is richly illustrated with all manner of fascinating images that provide a vivid accompaniment to his historical masterpiece We gain an insight into Biblical experiences of madness; Western medical models introduced around the world as well as the resistance of certain cultures to these; and we see how communities societies and civilisations alike have felt the need to respond to “otherness”


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    NO PROLEM WITH THIS BOOK