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Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder (Johns Hopkins Biographies of…

by David Healy

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Clearly written and never too dry. This does a great service to the subject as a history, and also to Healy's other subject, which is the brave new world we're entering via expansions of the DSM that pathologize human variation, as well as diagnosis by proxy, and drug trials that leave a lot to the imagination.
Fun fact for painters: Carbamazepine was one of a series of tricyclic molecules stemming from the iminodibenzyl dye, summer blue.
Chilling words: "Adolescence has been easy to deal with because until fairly recently it was all but standard to view adolescence as a time of semipsychosis, when suicidal ideation or erratic behaviour was common. But this period of turmoil was also seen as a necessary development phase that often laid the basis of later creative genius or other accomplishments. It is not clear what we might lose if marketing departments capture our views of adolescence."
If there's a Joyce among us, we're going to drug him. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0801888220, Hardcover)

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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"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."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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