Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder (Paperback)

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    David Healy is a professor of psychiatry and the director of the North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine at Cardiff University. He is the author of several books on the history of psychopharmaceuticals, includingLet Them Eat Prozac, The Antidepressant Era, and The Creation of Psychopharmacology.

    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 termmaniac—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.


    ISBN 9781421403977
    Genre MEDICAL / History
    Format Paperback
    Pages 296
    Publisher Date 2011-08-17 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 8.75 in
    Wdth 5.5 in
    Thickness 1.0 in
    Unit weight 0.9 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle A Short History of Bipolar Disorder
    Series Name Johns Hopkins Biographies of Disease
    Audience Professional and scholarly
    Authors Healy, David

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