The Lumber Room: Mental Illness in the House of Medicine
By D.S. Arrowsmith
Published: May 21, 2011.
A lively, literate essay argues that, with progress in medicine, difficult, unruly mental illnesses vanish and re-emerge as quantifiable, often curable physical illnesses. Includes references to the DSM, epilepsy, lycanthropy, syphilis, cancer, the Capgras delusion, malaria, Alzheimer's disease, porphyria, multiple sclerosis, psychoanalysis, E.M. Forster, Samuel Johnson and Louis Pasteur.