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Making Minds and Madness
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Introduction: making psychiatric history (questions of method); Part I. Microhistories of Trauma: 1. How to predict the past: from trauma to repression; 2. Neurotica: Freud and the seduction theory; 3. A black box named 'Sybil'; Part II. Fragments of a Theory of Generalized Artifact: 4. What made Albert run?; 5. The Bernheim effect; 6. Simulating the unconscious; Part III. The Freudian Century: 7. Is psychoanalysis a fairy-tale?; 8. Interprefactions: Freud's legendary science (in collaboration with Sonu Shamdasani); 9. Portrait of the psychoanalyst as a chameleon; Part IV. Market Psychiatry: 10. Science of madness, madness of science; 11. The great depression; 12. Psychotherapy today; 13. Therapy users and disease mongers.

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A provocative argument that mental illnesses are not diseases, but the product of varying expectations shared by therapists and patients.

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Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. He is the author of highly influential books on the theory and history of psychiatry and psychoanalysis and co-author of the best-selling Le Livre Noir de la Psychanalyse (The Black Book of Psychoanalysis).

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'In understanding the relationship between society and psychiatric illness, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen plucks the baton from the faltering hands of the psychoanalysts and carries it into the 21st century. Here, from a historian of psychiatry, are some strikingly original suggestions for understanding traumatic neurosis, seduction theory, multiple personality, and much more of the ground first plowed by Charcot in Paris and Freud in Vienna. A dazzling intellectual effort.' Edward Shorter, University of Toronto
' ... powerfully assertive ... Making Minds and Madness greatly advances our understanding of why psychiatry continues to falter as a science, and it challenges us to devise psychological thinking able to circumvent the knotty epistemological challenges of reducing mental suffering.' Anthropological Quarterly
'... very well referenced and packed full of facts and hypotheses. ... a fascinating read for any health professional seeking to expand their understanding, and certainly for medical [practitioners] everywhere.' Health Matters
"In understanding the relationship between society and psychiatric illness, Mikkel Borch-Jacobsen plucks the baton from the faltering hands of the psychoanalysts and carries it into the 21st century. Here, from a historian of psychiatry, are some strikingly original suggestions for understanding traumatic neurosis, seduction theory, multiple personality, and much more of the ground first plowed by Charcot in Paris and Freud in Vienna. A dazzling intellectual effort." --Edward Shorter, Jason A. Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
"It is a wonderful achievement scholarly but always accessibly written, provocative and utterly grounded in historical research or contemporary investigation as it asks how we make sense of the many 'maladies of the soul' that come and go over time. Its provocative but always thoughtful challenges to every aspect of the 'psy' professions - psychiatry, psychoanalysis and psychotherapy - deserve to be widely known." --Paul Gordon
"This splendid volume should be on the book-shelf of everyone interested in the study of psychiatry and related subjects dealing with mental health...[ingenious book]..." --Robert Wilcocks, Professor Emeritus of French, University of Alberta, Canada
"...deserves reflection..." --Jamieson Webster, PsycCRITIQUES

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