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How the Brain Lost Its Mind: Sex, Hysteria, and the Riddle of Mental Illness

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A noted neurologist challenges the widespread misunderstanding of brain disease and mental illness.

How the Brain Lost Its Mind tells the rich and compelling story of two confounding ailments, syphilis and hysteria, and the extraordinary efforts to confront their effects on mental life. How does the mind work? Where does madness lie, in the brain or in the mind? How shoul
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Avery Publishing Group
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Jess
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well, I fell for the old click bait title and I really wish I had just kept on scrolling, metaphorically speaking. What I mean to say is that I was excited to read this book and thought that it would highlight the challenges of treating mental illness and neurological disorders. I was mistaken. In reality, this book is a history of syphilis. Well, in some respects. The sections on the origins of syphilis are woefully inadequate and privilege only one hypothesis: that explorers brought the plague ...more
Peter Herrmann
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
The authors try to explain how psychiatrists, neurologists, neuro-psychiatrists, pharma, etc have dealt with mind/brain illnesses - and give so many anecdotes, 'clarifications' and verbiage around the dichotomy of mind-brain that, in the end, I'm just confused about what their thesis really is. More verbiage would NOT have helped. Perhaps less is sometimes more. To a large extent - not exclusively - this is a history of syphilis; but a rather fragmented, incomplete one. I did learn a few things ...more
Melissa T
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I won this copy on good reads first reads Thank You!

By reading this book I learned so much about hysteria and Mental Illness, a lot of it I knew nothing about. I found myself talking about my new found knowledge to all of my co workers and my husband. Having a daughter that has been diagnosed as bipolar with schizophrenic tendencies it helped me see a different side of things. I have read this book twice now and I am still finding new information. The brain is such a mysterious thing.

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Myka  Gilliam
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was fascinating and very readable! I found myself relating my new found knowledge to all of my friends. This is a must for anyone interested in the science of the brain be it psychiatric or neurology.
Leigh Ann
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating, informative narrative of a history about which i knew nothing—and could not have conceiced of.
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Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very interesting read
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