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Madness: A History

Madness: A History

Peter Morrall

ISBN: 978-0-470-74952-4

Jan 1991, Wiley-Blackwell

600 pages

Select type: Paperback


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Madness: A History is an assessment of the condition of madness. Morrall presents an account of the history of madness, including first-hand accounts, that is inextricably linked to the dramatic changes occurring in today’s world. 

  • A highly accessible presentation and assessment of a range of ideas that have evolved about madness over the last few hundred years 
  • Devises an account of madness which is inextricably linked to the dramatic social, economic, cultural, political, and ecological changes occurring in today’s world 
  • Reviews the strengths and weaknesses of the various frameworks purporting to explain madness, and places each in the context of global society 
  • First-hand accounts, wry humour, challenging observation, and contentious asides enliven the text and throw light on the complexities, certainties, myths, and realities about madness