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The Faber Book of Madness Paperback – 7 Apr 2003

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New edition edition (7 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571143881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571143887
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.5 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PB on 12 Mar 2013
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A truly excellent anthology on writing on the subject of madness, full of compelling sidelines and detours and never shying away from the grim and shameful facts of how we separate ourselves from mental health problems.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
a rare and detailed insight into insanity. 20 May 1999
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It is true that little is known about the mind and for that matter the mind in the state of derangement. This book unfortunately does not unlock the secrets of either but it does give us a great look into the different states and perhaps possible causes that lead to insanity. With this book, Roy Porter succeeds with a collaboration of letters taken from history that describes the point of view of the patient and their families as well as the physicians who dealt with the patients. The techniques for hospital ettiquette, treatments, relationships, and advancements in treating the insane. This book is frightening and hilarious and never boring, a perfect place to start on getting to the heart of madness.
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Kind of a Mess 26 Oct 2011
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Of all the Faber volumes I have, I like this one least. Rather chaotic, though perhaps that is the point on a collection about madness. But for perusing, I find myself having more trouble jumping into this one. That is not to say I cannot recommend it. As far as books on madness goes, this one is probably excellent. As far as Faber digests go, you could do better, if you are not devoted from the outset to this subject. I prefer the Faber Utopias, Explorers, Science, and Journalism off the top of my head.
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