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Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present Paperback – July 6, 2007
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"This highly informative and stimulating work has certainly raised some neglected questions that demand more serious scientific attention." -- Nature
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This book shows me that the mentally ill are still treated like a human zoo just like they were back in the times of Bedlam in London. Just look at the movies and tv news reports....the public is made to fear mental illness instead of understand it.
Dr. Torrey's book tries to break down the walls of stigma and ddiscrimination to educate people.
The objective of this book was to convince us that an epidemic of insanity has been growing in Western society, based on a small mountain of circumstantial evidence. Insanity seems to be one of the many unintended consequences of the Industrial Revolution. In the four regions studied, the last 300 years have been an era of turbulent change on a colossal scale.
By the end of the nineteenth century, the British Empire had spread to every corner of the world. The news coming back from frontier outposts consistently reported that insanity was rare or unknown in "primitive" societies, where folks enjoyed a far slower way of life. Long-term stability was the opposite of crazy.
In Britain, a number of observers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were well aware of a growing insanity epidemic, and some actually linked it to civilization -- it was simply an acceptable cost for the wonders of progress, wealth, and luxury. Living in such amazing times over-excited the minds of those who were mentally fragile, and this was simply unavoidable. Some even saw rising insanity as a badge of honor, indisputable proof that civilization was thriving. Lunatic asylums were booming, praise the Lord!Read more ›
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The book was in excellent shape and is exactly what I was looking for.Published 17 days ago by Dawn
It is interesting that the US stopped tracking insanity in the 1990s when the rate was on an upward swing.Published 18 days ago by DavidM
E. Fuller Torrey, M.D. busts the ideological myths regarding the Rise of Mental Illness since the 1700s as he always does. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by Carla Jacobs
I bought this book after reading reviews on various Amazon sites that suggested it was a history of mental illness in Britain and North America. Read morePublished on June 13, 2010 by John Whelan
This book reviews in detail how mental illness has been evolving over the years. There is minimal attention given to causes or ideas about what is leading to the increase in cases... Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Lillian Somner