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Mad Travellers: Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illnesses

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"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
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Published May 1st 1999 by Free Association Books (first published 1998)
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Anneliese
Feb 04, 2010 Anneliese rated it it was ok
Interesting concept, but felt like the story got lost in all the details/facts he cites. Found intro & first chapter most compelling. Also like his tone, kind of familiar and wry.
Lynn Phillips
Feb 11, 2010 Lynn Phillips rated it really liked it
wonderful mind, quirky diction, lots of necessary redundancy, but a significant package of autonomous thinking, well worth a staccato perusal
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Fascinating account of dissociative fugue
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May 22, 2016 Smoothw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
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
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Aug 18, 2016 Luke rated it it was ok
This book is as madly tangential and confusing as the travellers themselves. Someone check the author in for an assessment.
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