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Mad, Bad And Sad: A History of Women and the Mind Doctors from 1800 to the Present

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Ott, a physician with a nearly twenty-year practice, to the Wisconsin State Hospital for the Insane. Treatments are available for psychopathy but, in any case, it should not matter too much because the real issue is one ofdangerousness. Likewise, who can say they are safe from the factors he considers predictive of mental alienation: irregularities in the environment; sudden, oppressive or excessive passions; a melancholic constitution? That is not her step brother, that is her half brother, and when discussing molestation it is the difference between violation by a non-blood relative and incest, which makes it an important distinction. It might not have been intentionally misleading, but "staging his own murder" could only really have two logical meanings: that he faked his own death, or (the only one that made sense in this situation) that he staged his suicide to look like a murder.

After all, this is still a delicate issue: a combination of therapy and medication seems ideal but each case has to be studied and understood individually because in the end (quoting from the Epilogue) "we are not simple creatures".

Appignanesi seems more interested in the therapists, male and female, than the patients, none of whom get much of a look-in, despite being the ostensible subject of the book. I will always remember the stories of Mary Lamb and Alice James with whom I empathised a lot, while I'm still fascinated by the horrifying cases of Henriette Cornier and the Papin sisters (them French ladies). Appignanesi chronicles the history of mental illness and women from the time when mental illness first became thought of as something that actually could be treated. Napisana zgrabnie (to może też być efekt dobrego tłumaczenia) lekkim językiem bez naukowego zadęcia - może dlatego, że autorka sam przyznaje się we wstępie, że wcześniej zajmowała się literaturą piękną. Diagnosis, treatment, and illnesses themselves are intimately bound up with discourses of gender, race, class, and the body.

Not a light book, given the topic of women's mental illness and treatment over the past 200 years, yet very interesting indeed. It is too late to abandon terms like depression, anxiety, distortion of reality, antisocial or histrionic behaviour. I admit this one is a bit petty of an observation all things considered, but at one point she is talking about one of the women being molested as a child, and refers to the perpetrator as being her step brother, but then goes on to state it was her mother's child from a first marriage.

g., motorists who have fallen asleep at the wheel) while giving bail to others from whom the public deserves protection (e. The author intersperses the history of the treatment of mental illness with biographies of both famous patients and therapists, along with some chapters that focus ‘trends’ in mental illness. It made me realise how important the development of psychology and psychological treatment is to society, as well as the cultural perceptions of mental illness and those who are in some way different.

This book is also excellent fodder for anyone prone to hypochondria of the mental rather than the physical variety. This has a lot of good information and has very interesting topics that discuss the history of psychology and its relation to many of the women who were studied and therefore, the foundation of much of what psychology stands for today. Appignanesi zadbała o to, by przy każdej historii podać kontekst historyczny i tło społeczno-filozoficzne, przez co np. Here too is the story of how over the years symptoms and diagnoses have developed together to create fashions in illness and how treatments have succeeded or sometimes failed.At first, they were told to stay away from reading and learning- something male patients of the time were not told.

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