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Author McNally, Kieran,
Title Critical history of schizophrenia / by Kieran McNally.
Imprint Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

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Author McNally, Kieran,
Series Palgrave Studies in the Theory and History of Psychology
Palgrave studies in the theory and history of psychology.
Subject Science.
Schizophrenia -- History.
Schizophrenia -- history.
Schizophrenia -- classification.
Schizophrenic Psychology.
History, 20th Century.
Description 1 online resource (IX, 269 pages).
Summary Schizophrenia was psychiatry's arch concept of madness in the twentieth century. However, it was a concept that was both surprisingly problematic and contentious. This book explores schizophrenia's instability, as the concept changed across the 20th century. It moves beyond sensational accounts of kids on LSD and split personalities, to detail schizophrenia's historically problematic definition, diagnosis, and symptom profile. In doing so, Kieran McNally documents the social uses of the concept, its regional variations, and its fluctuating subtypes. And finally, the book explains how, and why, North American psychiatry sought to improve the concept in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), by introducing group sanctioned operational definitions. This book reveals a tradition of critical unease towards the concept of schizophrenia and it reveals that criticism of the concept was consistently voiced by many leading schizophrenia researchers - and not just by 'anti-psychiatrists'. It becomes clear that at no stage in its history was schizophrenia thought to be beyond improvement.
Contents Introduction; Schizoidia : the lexicon; The split personality; Definitions of schizophrenia; Catatonia : faces in the fire; Chasing the phantom : classification; Myth and forgetting : Bleuler's 'four As'; Social prejudice; Contesting schizophrenia?; Manufacturing consensus in North America; Conclusions : twentieth-century schizophrenia; Epilogue : consider Nijinsky; Appendix: Goodbye to Hebephrenia; Notes; Further Reading.
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 1137456817 (electronic bk.)
9781137456816 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1057/9781137456816
OCLC # 945740142
Additional Format Print version: McNally, Kieran. Critical history of schizophrenia. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016 9781137456809 (DLC) 2015028739 (OCoLC)918877406

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