Mania

Mania : A Short History of Bipolar Disorder

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This provocative history of bipolar disorder illuminates how perceptions of illness, if not the illnesses themselves, are mutable over time. Beginning with the origins of the concept of mania-and the term maniac-in ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, renowned psychiatrist David Healy examines how concepts of mental afflictions evolved as scientific breakthroughs established connections between brain function and mental illness. Healy recounts the changing definitions of mania through the centuries, explores the effects of new terminology and growing public awareness of the disease on culture and society, and examines the rise of psychotropic treatments and pharmacological marketing over the past four decades. Along the way, Healy clears much of the confusion surrounding bipolar disorder even as he raises crucial questions about how, why, and by whom the disease is diagnosed.

Drawing heavily on primary sources and supplemented with interviews and insight gained over Healy's long career, this lucid and engaging overview of mania sheds new light on one of humankind's most vexing ailments.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 140 x 222 x 26mm | 499g
  • Baltimore, MD, United States
  • English
  • 3 Line drawings, black and white
  • 0801888220
  • 9780801888229
  • 886,958

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In this provocative history, David Healy explores how perceptions of illness, if not illnesses themselves, are mutable over time. Drawing heavily on primary sources and supplemented with interviews and insight gained over Healy's long career, this lucid and engaging narrative of bipolar disorder sheds new light on one of humankind's most vexing ailments.

"David Healy is indeed an enfant terrible--and a very brave man. I doubt he is on Eli Lilly's or Pfizer's Christmas card list."--Times Literary Supplement

"How did we come to apply such a serious diagnosis to vaguely depressed or irritable adults, to unruly children, and to nursing home residents? Is it simply that psychiatric science has progressed and now allows us to detect more easily an illness that had previously been ignored or misunderstood? Healy has another, more cynical explanation: the never-ending expansion of the category of bipolar disorder benefits large pharmaceutical companies eager to sell medications marketed with the disorder in mind."--London Review of Books

"A powerful political tract. As social history it provides the most detailed available account of the interactions of psychiatry and the world of pharmaceutical manufacturing."--Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

"If David Healy's intent is to present a cohesive, thorough, integrated, and provocative account of the history of the concept of mania and the evolution of what is currently called bipolar disorder, he is tremendously successful."--PsycCRITIQUES
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Table of contents

Foreword, by Charles E. RosenbergPreface: Stories about ManiaAcknowledgments1. Frenzy and Stupor2. Circling the Brain3. Circular Madness4. The Stone of Madness5. The Eclipse of Manic-Depressive Disorder6. Branded in the USA7. The Latest Mania8. The Engineers of Human SoulsCoda: The Once and Future LaboratoryNotesIndex
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If David Healy's intent is to present a cohesive, thorough, integrated and provocative account of the history of the concept of mania and the evolution of what is currently called bipolar disorder, he is tremendously successful. * PsycCRITIQUES * Healy reminds us that we need to ask ourselves what it means to be ill and what it means to be well. -- Garan Holcombe * California Literary Review * A learned and polemical volume in the series Biographies of Disease published by the Johns Hopkins University Press... Healy is an intellectual bomb-thrower, a most erudite and clever doctor with an anarchic streak that he cannot quite reconcile with disinterested historical inquiry. He is interesting precisely for the subtle detonations that he sets off in the reader's mind, rattling the received ideas too comfortably ensconced there. -- Algis Valiunas * New Atlantis * A powerful political tract. As social history it provides the most detailed available account of the interactions of psychiatry and the world of pharmaceutical manufacturing. * Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease * Provides a probing and challenging commentary on the state of contemporary psychiatry. -- Allan Beveridge * British Journal of Psychiatry * David Healy is indeed an enfant terrible-and a very brave man. I doubt he is on Eli Lilly's or Pfizer's Christmas card list. * Times Literary Supplement * Mania is a work that deserves a wide readership. -- Gerald N. Grob, Ph.D. * Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences * Well-written and compelling... I encourage you to read this exceptional book. -- Tom Olson, PhD * Nursing History Review * The book is a scholarly one [and] Healy's wide knowledge of the facts of the history is impressive. -- Paul Skerritt * Health and History * [Healy's] work has enriched our historiographic discourse enormously and social historians of medicine can only greet that as good news. -- Eric J. Engstrom * Social History of Medicine * How did we come to apply such a serious diagnosis to vaguely depressed or irritable adults, to unruly children and to nursing home residents? Is it simply that psychiatric science has progressed and now allows us to detect more easily an illness that had previously been ignored or misunderstood? Healy has another, more cynical explanation: the never-ending expansion of the category of bipolar disorder benefits large pharmaceutical companies eager to sell medications marketed with the disorder in mind. -- Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen * London Review of Books * Well paced, judicious, and extremely well researched, Healy's powerful book deserves a wide readership in and far beyond psychiatry. -- Christopher Lane * Common Knowledge *
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About David Healy

David Healy is a professor of psychiatry and the director of the North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine at Cardiff University. He is the author of several books on the history of psychopharmaceuticals, including Let Them Eat Prozac, The Antidepressant Era, and The Creation of Psychopharmacology.
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