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Author Hermsen, Lisa M., 1968-

Title Manic Minds : Mania's Mad History and Its Neuro-Future / Lisa M. Hermsen.

Imprint New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2011.

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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 154 pages) : illustrations
Summary From its first depictions in ancient medical literature to contemporary depictions in brain imaging, mania has been largely associated with its Greek roots, "to rage." Prior to the nineteenth century, "mania" was used interchangeably with "madness." Although its meanings shifted over time, the word remained layered with the type of madness first-century writers described: rage, fury, frenzy. Even now, the mental illness we know as bipolar disorder describes conditions of extreme irritability, inflated grandiosity, and excessive impulsivity. Spanning several centuries, Manic Minds traces the multiple ways in which the word "mania" has been used by popular, medical, and academic writers. It reveals why the rhetorical history of the word is key to appreciating descriptions and meanings of the "manic" episode." Lisa M. Hermsen examines the way medical professionals analyzed the manic condition during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and offers the first in-depth analysis of contemporary manic autobiographies: bipolar figures who have written from within the illness itself.
Contents Mania multiplies with fury : textbook descriptions -- The maniac and the iconography of reform -- Midwestern mania : genetics in the heartland -- Manic lives : mad memoirs -- Neuropsychiatry, pharmacology, and imaging the new mania.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified MiAaHDL
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Manic-depressive illness -- History.
Neuropsychiatry -- History.
Bipolar Disorder -- history.
Psychiatry -- history.
Neuropsychiatry -- methods.
Bipolar Disorder -- therapy.
Bipolar Disorder -- etiology.
Chronological Term Geschichte 1800-2000.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Hermsen, Lisa. Manic Minds : Mania's Mad History and Its Neuro-Future. Piscataway : Rutgers University Press, ©2011 9780813551579
ISBN 9780813552033 (electronic bk.)
0813552036 (electronic bk.)
9780813551579 (hardcover alk. paper)
9780813551586 (pbk. alk. paper)