In Search Of Madness | Paperback | By Brendan Kelly

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  • In Search of Madness - A Psychiatrist's Travels Through the History of Mental Illness
  • Pages: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • Author: Brendan Kelly
  • Publisher: Gill
  • Publication date: 08 Apr 2022
  • Category: History Of Medicine / Mental Health 
  • Size: 23.3 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
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In Search Of Madness by Brendan Kelly


A psychiatrist's travels through the history of mental illness - Who is 'mad'? Who is not? And who decides?

In this fascinating new exploration of mental illness, Professor Brendan Kelly examines 'madness' in history and how we have responded to it over the centuries. We travel from the psychiatric institutions of India to Victorian scientific studies of the brain.

Covering institutionalisation, lobotomy and the Nazis' 'Aktion T4', as well as Freud, psychoanalysis, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and neuroscience, Professor Kelly examines the shift from 'psychobabble' to 'neurobabble' in recent times. In Search of Madness is an all-encompassing history of one of the most basic fears to haunt the human psyche, and it concludes with a passionate manifesto for change: four proposals to make mental health services more effective, accessible and just.


'This is a man at the pinnacle of his chosen field of expertise but clearly always seeking to give it context, whether social, historical or personal. He retains an insatiable curiosity for his speciality and one senses the books come almost as an offshoot or byproduct of the vast amount of reading and research he does for his own satisfaction, not for continuing professional development.' Irish Independent

About the Author

Professor Brendan Kelly is a professor of psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin and a consultant psychiatrist at Tallaght University Hospital in Dublin. In addition to his medical degree, he has master’s degrees in epidemiology, healthcare management, and Buddhist studies, and doctorates in medicine, history, governance, and law. He has published two previous books with Gill, The Doctor Who Sat for a Year and The Science of Happiness.


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