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Published: 13 March 2003

256 Pages | numerous halftones


ISBN: 9780192802675

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A Brief History

Roy Porter

  • 'masterly' (The Times)
  • 'brief but fruitfully dense' (The Guardian) 'He has the perfect technique for a small book on a big subject' (The Times) 'brief but fruitfully dense' (The Guardian) 'the perfect introduction, not least because it leaves you wanting more' (Yorkshire Post) 'useful and readable mini-history' (New Statesman) 'finely written book,succinct and well-illustrated, ... a handy manual' (Literary Review
  • Tells a fascinating story of the strange and popular subject of madness from antiquity to the 21st century, contributing to current debates about what exactly constitutes insanity - from witches, electric shock therapy, and sex maniacs, to prozac and geniuses.
  • International in scope, with examples from UK, USA, France, Germany, China, and India.
  • Uses eyewitness accounts of those treating patients, writers, artists, and the mad themselves.

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