The Lumber Room: Mental Illness in the House of Medicine

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. More

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About D.S. Arrowsmith

D.S. Arrowsmith is a graduate of Barnard College and the Columbia University School of Library Service.

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