Neel Burton The Meaning of Madness

ISBN 13: 9780956035301

The Meaning of Madness

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WINNER OF THE BMA YOUNG AUTHORS' AWARD. This book proposes to open up the debate on mental disorders, to get people interested and talking, and to get them thinking. For example, what is schizophrenia? Why is it so common? Why does it affect human beings and not animals? What might this tell us about our mind and body, language and creativity, music and religion? What are the boundaries between mental disorder and 'normality'? Is there a relationship between mental disorder and genius? These are some of the difficult but important questions that this book confronts, with the overarching aim of exploring what mental disorders can teach us about human nature and the human condition.

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This book really does what it says on the cover, looking behing the usual categories to ask: why does this condition exist and what evolutionary advantage did it give to the human race? It's an interesting way of looking at things, and one that puts a positive spin on illnesses which are usually portrayed as being nothing but negative. As well as outlining different western theories, Burton also looks at other cultures, providing a refreshing overview.

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A riveting read for anyone looking for a window into the world of mental disorder. Through his exploration of the philosophical and artistic context of mental health and disorder, Burton challenges the reader with his view that madness is no more than an expression of the mountain peaks and ocean depths of human nature.

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Published by Acheron Press (2010)
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