Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine

This book comes from Prof. Andrew Scull. The publisher says: “Madhouse reveals a long-suppressed medical scandal, shocking in its brutality and sobering in its implications. It shows how a leading American psychiatrist of the early twentieth century came to believe that mental…
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This Is What a Psychiatric Ward Designed by Patients Looks Like

Kristin Hohenadel reports for Slate Magazine: “What would a psychiatric ward look like  if patients designed it ? That is the question behind “ Madlove: A Designer Asylum ” from British artist and activist James Leadbitter (aka “ the vacuum cleaner ”). Leadbitter—whose work has been exhibited at venues including the Tate Modern and…
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Bedlam: the asylum and beyond

Today asylums have largely been consigned to history but mental illness is more prevalent than ever, whilst our culture teems with therapeutic possibilities: from prescription medications and clinical treatment to complementary medicines, online support, and spiritual and creative practices. Against…
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