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
About the Author
Peter Morrall is Senior Lecturer in Health Sociology at Leeds University. He is the author of, amongst others, The Trouble with Therapy: Psychotherapy and Sociology (2008), Murder and Society (2006, Wiley) and Madness and Murder (2000).