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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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A riveting read for anyone looking for a window into the world of mental disorder... --Professor Robert Howard, Dean, The Royal College of Psychiatrists
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 and scientific sources shows the deep connections between 'madness' and some of our most important attributes as human beings. --Professor Bill Fulford, University of Oxford
Burton somehow avoids oversimplification. This is all the more remarkable, since his scope is fairly all-embracing, switching smoothly from side-effects of lithium to the nature of existential anxiety, to the quest for meaning in life... His writing is frequently almost poetic, yet he is capable of being crisply definitive... Ultimately this is a work of contradictions, an undemanding read that could challenge your view of the world. --Medical Journalists' Association
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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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
Book Description Acheron Press, 2008. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0956035302