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Madness: A Very Short Introduction

Andrew Scull

August 2011

ISBN: 9780199608034

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Madness is something that frightens and fascinates us all. It is a word with which we are universally familiar, and a condition that haunts the human imagination. In this Very Short Introduction, Andrew Scull examines the social, historical and culturally variable responses to madness over the centuries.

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Madness is something that frightens and fascinates us all. It is a word with which we are universally familiar, and a condition that haunts the human imagination. In this Very Short Introduction, Andrew Scull examines the social, historical and culturally variable responses to madness over the centuries.

  • Provocative, entertaining and authoritative examination of a notorious condition
  • Wide-ranging account of the Western encounter with madness; incorporating political, social, literary, cultural, artistic, and scientific dimensions
  • Explores our responses to madness over the centuries
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over three million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Andrew Scull, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies

Andrew Scull has held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and the University of California, where he is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies. He is a past president of the Society for the Social History of Medicine, and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, many of them on the history of psychiatry in Britain and the United States. He has lectured on five continents, as well as making many media appearances on programmes dealing with mental health issues.

Table of Contents

    1:Madness unbound
    2:Madness in chains
    3:Madness confined
    4:Madness and meaning
    5:Madness denied
    6:Madness cast out
    Further Reading
    Index