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- DescriptionFrom 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 w, the mental illness we w kw 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 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.
- Author BiographyLISA M. HERMSEN is an associate professor in the English department at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she teaches courses in the rhetoric of science and the history of madness.
- Author(s)Lisa M. Hermsen
- PublisherRutgers University Press
- Date of Publication15/10/2011
- SubjectMedicine: General
- Place of PublicationNew Brunswick, NJ
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintRutgers University Press
- Content Note1, black & white illustrations
- Weight414 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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