Illustrations of Madness (Psychology Revivals)

Illustrations of Madness (Psychology Revivals)

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John Haslama€™s Illustrations of Madness, written in 1810, occupies a special place in psychiatric history, it was the first book-length account of one single psychiatric case written by a British psychiatrist. John Haslam, apothecary to Londona€™s Bethlem Hospital, and a leading psychiatrist of the early-nineteenth century, details the case of James Tilly Matthews, who had been a patient in the hospital for some ten years. Matthews claimed he was sane, as did his friends and certain doctors. Haslam, on behalf of the Bethlem authorities, contended he was insane, and attempted to demonstrate this by presenting a detailed account of Matthewa€™s own delusional system, as far as possible in Matthewa€™s own words. Originally published in 1988 as part of the Tavistock Classics in the History of Psychiatry series, Roy Portera€™s Introduction to this facsimile reprint of an historic book goes beyond Haslama€™s text to reveal the extraordinary psychiatric politics surrounding Matthewa€™s confinement and the court case it produced, leading up to Haslama€™s dismissal from his post. Still relevant today, Haslama€™s account can be used as material upon which to base a modern diagnosis of Matthewa€™s disorder.That partofthe brass apparatus, sooften seen distinctly of bright brass, standing ona one stephigh boarded floor, having a ... for some yards from the loom, asa weakish rainbow, and shews the colours according tothenature of thegazes from which it isformed, ... Heappearsto have a seatwith a desk some steps above the floor.


Title:Illustrations of Madness (Psychology Revivals)
Author: John Haslam
Publisher:Routledge - 2014-01-27
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