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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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Most books on mental disorder are either polemical or over-technical. This remarkable book by contrast provides a highly readable and at the same time authoritative account that by combining literary, philosophical and scientific sources, shows the deep connections between 'madness' and some of our most important attributes as human beings.Review:
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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Book Description Acheron Press, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 202 pages. 7.50x5.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # __0956035302
Book Description Acheron Press, 2008. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110956035302