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Discovering the History of Psychiatry - Mark S. Micale

Discovering the History of Psychiatry

By: Mark S. Micale (Editor), Roy Porter (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 17th February 1994
ISBN: 9780195077391
Number Of Pages: 480

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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.

Industry Reviews

"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

1: R. Porter and M.S. Micale: Introduction: Reflections on Psychiatry and Its Histories I. Early Developments 2: O. Marx: On the Origins of Psychiatric Historiography in Nineteenth-Century Germany 3: G. Mora: Early American Historians of Psychiatry, 1910-1960 II. Five Major Voices 4: R. Porter: Ida Macalpine and Richard Hunter: History Between Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry 5: E.T. Morman: George Rosen and the History of Mental Illness 6: M.S. Micale: Henri F. Ellenberger: The History of Psychiatry as the History of the Unconscious 7: F. Vidal: Jean Starobinski: The History of Psychiatry as the Cultural History of Consciousness III. The Psychoanalytic Strain 8: E. Young-Bruehl: A History of Freud Biography 9: J. Forrester: "A Whole Climate of Opinion": Writing and Rewriting the History of Psychoanalysis 10: K. Piver: Philip Rieff: The Critic of Psychoanalysis as Cultural Theorist IV. Historical Themes and Topics 11: P. Vandermeersch: Les Mythes D'Origines in the History of Psychiatry 12: D. Weiner: "Le Geste de Pinel": The History of a Psychiatric Myth 13: P. Guarnieri: The History and Historiography of Psychiatry in Italy 14: G. Grob: The History of the Asylum Revisited: Personal Reflections 15: G. Cocks: German Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts, and Psychotherapists During the Nazi Period: A Historiographical Survey 16: J. Brown: Heroes and Non-Heroes: Recurring Themes in the History of Soviet Russian Psychiatry V. Critics of Psychiatry 17: R. Vatz and L. Weinberg: The Rhetorical Paradigm in Psychiatric History: Thomas Szasz, Psychiatric History, and the Myth of Mental Illness 18: G. Gutting: Michel Foucalt's Phanomologie des Krankengeistes 19: N. Tomes: Feminist Histories of Psychiatry 20: J. Postel and D. Allen: History and Anti-Psychiatry in France 21: N. Dain: Psychiatry and Anti-Psychiatry in the United States

ISBN: 9780195077391
ISBN-10: 0195077393
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 17th February 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 16.51  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.83