Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, from the Bible to Freud, from the Madhouse to Modern Medicine

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The loss of reason, a sense of alienation from the commonsense world we all like to imagine we inhabit, the shattering emotional turmoil that seizes hold and won’t let go—these are some of the traits we associate with madness. Today, mental disturbance is most commonly viewed through a medical lens, but societies have also sought to make sense of it through religion or the supernatural, or by constructing psychological or social explanations in an effort to tame the demons of unreason. Madness in Civilization traces the long and complex history of this affliction and our attempts to treat it.

Beautifully illustrated throughout, Madness in Civilization takes readers from antiquity to today, painting a vivid and often harrowing portrait of the different ways that cultures around the world have interpreted and responded to the seemingly irrational, psychotic, and insane. From the Bible to Sigmund Freud, from exorcism to mesmerism, from Bedlam to Victorian asylums, from the theory of humors to modern pharmacology, the book explores the manifestations and meanings of madness, its challenges and consequences, and our varied responses to it. It also looks at how insanity has haunted the imaginations of artists and writers and describes the profound influence it has had on the arts, from drama, opera, and the novel to drawing, painting, and sculpture.

Written by one of the world’s preeminent historians of psychiatry, Madness in Civilization is a panoramic history of the human encounter with unreason.

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"Sociologist and historian Andrew Scull is too rigorous a scholar to indulge in polemics. Instead, Mr. Scull has set himself the task of providing his readers with a clear, engaged and global overview of madness from the ancient world to the present…[his] tone is elegant; his scholarship, immaculate. The story he tells is riveting.” " --Joanna Bourke, Wall Street Journal

"Scull’s knowledge of music and art, cultural change, medicine, religion, and politics make this a great achievement in psychiatric history…[a] dynamic, readable chronicle and excellent reference." --Library Journal, starred review

"[A] far-ranging, illuminating study of minds gone awry across space and time. . . . Scull is sharp on every point, but some of his best moments come when he explains the introduction of psychoanalysis into pop culture in the postwar period, thanks in good part to Hollywood, and when he takes a sidelong look at both the drug-dependent psychiatry of today and its discontents, such as Scientology. To be read as both corrective and supplement to Foucault, Szasz, and Rieff. Often brilliant and always luminous and rewarding." --Kirkus, starred review

"Methodical yet always engrossing. . . . Scull's book is an outstanding illumination." --Oliver Kamm, Times of London

"[A] powerful and disturbing book . . . fascinating . . . engrossing." --John Carey, Sunday Times

"[Scull's] wide-ranging survey . . . chronologically presents factual and imaginative material about insanity. Scull, a historian of psychiatry for almost 40 years, has been well-served by his publishers, who have laid on more than 80 black-and-white images and almost 50 high-quality colour plates." --Sarah Wise, Financial Times

"I've only just started Andrew Scull's Madness in Civilization: A Cultural History of Insanity, but already it's taught me a lot about unreason, in all its guises. . . . The in in Scull's title is a nice reproach to Foucault; we like to think of insanity as existing apart from, or before, the constructs of society--and certainly we try to put it there--but Scull's history unpacks centuries of our cultural baggage about madness, arguing that it's 'indelibly part of civilization, not located outside it.'" --Dan Piepenbring, Paris Review

"[A] gigantic intellectual enterprise . . . what makes Scull so worth heeding is his reluctance to adopt a fixed position. Again and again, his drift is to emphasize how little we still know about mental disorders. He staunchly refuses to come down on the side of either biological or experiential explanations. . . . The standoff between the advocates of nature over nurture is very like that between materialism and religion. Both must surely be relevant to the complexity of human social experience. Thank goodness we have voices such as Andrew Scull's to keep us sane." --Salley Vickers, Telegraph

"as illuminating as it is compendious…a magisterial survey." --John Gray, New Statesman

"[a] vast and rather brilliant book." --Matt Haig, Independent

" Madness in Civilization is a landmark study, as authoritative as it is readable in its account of the devastatingly sad understory of human society. It’s enraging, intensely unsparing reading, but it’s a masterpiece.” ." --Steve Donoghue, Open Letters Monthly

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Andrew Scull is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. His books include "Hysteria: The Disturbing History", "Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine", and "Masters of Bedlam: The Transformation of the Mad-Doctoring Trade" (Princeton). He lives in La Jolla, California.

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