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Madness: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Andrew Scull has held faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and the University of California, where he is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Science Studies. He is a past president of the Society for the Social History of Medicine, and has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He is the author or editor of more than twenty books, many of them on the history of psychiatry in Britain and the United States. He has lectured on five continents, as well as making many media appearances on programmes dealing with mental health issues.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 747 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1st edition (25 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JC0QR6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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While this contains some interesting facts and images, Scull's very short introduction to madness is maddeningly adjective - not content with giving us the facts, he jerks us about all over the place with directions concerning how we should interpret the data: how to interpret the data like him. Not being Scull, this was of little use to me, and just elicited frown after increasingly irritated frown. It would have been all very well had this been Scull on Madness - but an introduction, surely, ought to be an unbiased review of the facts (or an as unbiased as possible review of the facts). Like Lacan? Scull trashes him to bits. Have views of your own pretty much at all? Best hope they agree with Scull's, or it's going to be an uncomfortable ride.
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Andrew Scull approaches an enormous and compelling subject with remarkable clarity and concision without ever slipping into perfunctory analysis. That he is a leading scholar in the history and sociology of mental illness is immediately apparent, yet his account is wonderfully accessible and engaging for all. He is adroit in his articulation of the many paradigmatic shifts that have occurred in the understanding and treatment of mental illness. Nor is this a Whiggish account of uniform progress. He is appropriately robust in his handling of the pseudo-scientific Freudian mumbo-jumbo that engulfed psychology and psychiatry for far too long. The current hegemony of pharmacological approaches is also treated to a far from eulogic assessment. Perhaps the most appealing quality of Andrew Scull's excellent book is that it is mercifully free from the jargon and depressingly mechanistic theory-laden approaches that have frequently infected studies in the history of medicine.
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Very informative
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Perfect!
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