Madness

A Brief History
Author(s): 
Porter, Roy
ISBN: 
0192802666
Date published: 
January 2002
Hardback
Pages: 
182

This fascinating story of madness reveals the radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day. Roy Porter explores what we really mean by 'madness', covering an enormous range of topics from witches to creative geniuses, electric shock thera py to sexual deviancy, and psychoanalysis to prozac. The origins of current debates about how we define and deal with insanity are examined through eyewitness accounts of those treating patients, writers, artists, and the mad themselves.

What has it been like to be insane? How have the mad been treated? Is madness real or is it just a label? This fascinating story of madness reveals the radically different perceptions of madness and approaches to its treatment, from antiquity to the present day.