Journals Higher Education



Published: 08 May 2003

256 Pages | 28 halftones

5-1/2 x 8-1/2 inches

ISBN: 9780192802675

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A Brief History

Roy Porter

  • Shows what causes mental illness and how treatment has varied wildly throughout recorded history
  • Tells the story of our changing notions of insanity and of the treatments for mental illness that have been employed from antiquity to the present day
  • Draws upon eyewitness accounts of doctors, writers, artists, and the mentally ill
  • Includes both the humane attempts to help the insane as well as the ridiculous and often cruel misunderstandings

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