From Melancholia to Depression

Disordered Mood in Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry

by Åsa Jansson

From Melancholia to Depression

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Book Description

This open book maps a crucial but neglected chapter in the history of psychiatry: how was melancholia transformed in the nineteenth century from traditional melancholy madness into a modern biomedical mood disorder, paving the way for the emergence of clinical depression as a psychiatric illness in the twentieth century? At a time when the prevalence of mood disorders and antidepressant consumption are at an all-time high, the need for a comprehensive historical understanding of how modern depressive illness came into being has never been more urgent. This book addresses a significant gap in existing scholarly literature on melancholia, depression, and mood disorders by offering a contextualised and critical perspective on the history of melancholia in the first decades of psychiatry, from the 1830s until the turn of the twentieth century.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY). You can download From Melancholia to Depression ebook for free in PDF format (2.7 MB).

Book Details

Subject
History
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Published
2021
Pages
244
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9783030548018
ISBN10
3030548015
ISBN13 Digital
9783030548025
ISBN10 Digital
3030548023
PDF Size
2.7 MB
License
CC BY

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