The field of psychiatry has exercised enormous influence in our century, not only among scientists and mental health professionals, but also in the arts, humanities, and social sciences which shape the cultural life of millions. This vitality has been accompanied by a profusion of historical material. Yet, while growing rapidly, the documented history of psychiatry has been ridden with controversy due to the great variety of interpretive nuance among different writers. This book brings together leading international authorities - physicians, historians, social scientists, and others - who explore the many complex interpretive and ideological dimensions of historical writing about psychiatry. The book includes chapters on the history of the asylum, Freud, anti-psychiatry in the United States and abroad, feminist interpretations of psychiatry's past, and historical accounts of Nazism and psychotherapy, as well as discussions of many individual historical figures and movements. It represents the first attempt to study comprehensively the multiple mythologies that have grown up around the history of madness and the origin, functions, and validity of these myths in our psychological century. The audience includes every person interested in the state of discussion and reflection taking place in the compelling science of the human mind.
"The book is so full of information, tightly written, that a first glance does not reveal how quickly it reads....Highly interesting and a pleasure to read."--Doody's Health Sciences Book Reviews "Instructive, thought-provoking, easy to read, and consistently engrossing."--Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease "Anyone even remotely interested in the broad range of topics covered in this book should find it a genuine feast....Porter and Micale...have done a superb job of helping to move this whole field in a positive direction."--Psychoanalytic Books "Mark Micale and Roy Porter have performed a great service by commissioning and publishing twenty review essays in the historiography of psychiatry and mental illness....This volume is recommended for clinicians in any mental health specialty who want to develop an informed, historical perspective.--Contemporary Psychology "Indeed fills a gap in the rapidly growing literature on the history of psychiatry and mental health...[Offers] much inspiration and many valuable suggestions for further work."--Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences "Now professional historians are studying the history of psychiatry and writing about its histories. The book shows that we can learn much from their labors."--American Journal of Psychiatry
Number Of Pages: 478
Published: 17th February 1994
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 17.15 x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.83