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Mad Travellers: Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illnesses
by Ian Hacking
"It all began one morning last July when we noticed a young man of twenty-six crying in his bed in Dr. Pitres's ward. He had just come from a long journey on foot and was exhausted, but that was not the cause of his tears. He wept because he could not prevent himself from departing on a trip when the need took him; he deserted family, work, and daily life to walk as fast ...more
Published May 1st 1999 by Free Association Books
(first published 1998)
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Interesting little book on a curious episode in medical history, the 'discovery', epidemic status, and quick dying out of uncontrollable traveling as a distinct mental illness. Hacking gives a brief rundown of the cultural context of where the illness was first discovered, lots of first person material about the sad case of Albert the first patient, a brief sketch of the state of French psychiatry at the end of the 19th century, and some theories about why this illness both gained and lost its ...more