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Snake Pits, Talking Cures, & Magic Bullets: A History of Mental Illness

Kent, Deborah, Illustrated by:

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ISBN 10: 0761327045 / ISBN 13: 9780761327042
Published by Twenty-First Century Books, 2003
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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Ex-library with expected staps, labels, etc. Some scuffs and some rubbing & edgewear; text otherwise overall clean & tight. 160 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 29232

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Title: Snake Pits, Talking Cures, & Magic Bullets: ...

Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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Looks at how the mentally ill have been treated throughout history, focusing on advances made in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries regarding mental hospitals, medications, and social acceptance.

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Gr. 6-12. In a thoroughly researched, well-paced history, Kent focuses on the major advances and bizarre setbacks in the diagnosis and treatment of the mentally ill, beginning with the role of the ancient Native American shamans and continuing through current trends and medical discoveries. The large-size book, with clear type, photos, and prints, is spaciously designed for browsing as well as in-depth reading. Lots of eye-catching sidebars break up the chronological history with particular cases, both obscure and famous (or, more often, infamous). In the course of the history, readers will learn once-hidden facts about well-known figures from Joan of Arc and King George III to Rosemary Kennedy. There are descriptions of barbaric treatments in the past as well as compelling positive discussions of current drug treatments and debates about psychoanalysis and other psychotherapy. Useful for psychology, sociology, and history classes, this will also interest readers with personal or family experience of mental illness and its continuing social stigma. Includes chapter notes, a bibliography (fiction, nonfiction, and online sources), and a chronology. Roger Leslie
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