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

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Dr Allan Ropper


“How the Brain Lost Its Mind” is a book that explores the history of neurology and psychiatry through the lens of Jean-Martin Charcot, a leading physician in Paris in 1882. Charcot revolutionized the treatment of mental illness, particularly neurosyphilis, which was a driving force behind the overflow of patients in Europe’s asylums. However, his work took a bizarre turn when he brought hypnotism into his clinic, abandoning his pursuit of the biological basis of illness in favor of the far sexier and theatrical treatment of female “hysterics.” This set the stage for Sigmund Freud and his seductive theory of Freudian analysis, which brought sex and hysteria onto the psychiatrist couch and left the brain behind. The book raises philosophical and practical questions about the difference between a sick mind and a sick brain, and where neurology and psychiatry should converge to explore the nature of the human psyche. The book has been praised for being “hugely entertaining” and “fascinating” by the Guardian and the Mail on Sunday, respectively.

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About the Author

Dr Allan H. Ropper is Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Raymond D. Adams Master Clinician of the Department of Neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is also a deputy editor of the New England Journal of Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, Royal College of Physicians, and the American College of Physicians. Dr Ropper is an author of the most widely consulted textbook of neurology, Principles of Neurology, currently in its eleventh edition, and co-author with B.D. Burrell of Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole.

B.D. Burrell is a member of the mathematics faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A teacher and writer, he is the author is several books, including Postcards from the Brain MuseumThe Words We Live By, and, jointly with Dr Allan H. Ropper, Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole.


Book Specifications

Title:How The Brain Lost Its Mind: Sex, Hysteria and the Riddle of Mental Illness
Author: Dr Allan Ropper
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Weight: 240g
Published Year: 2021
Publisher: Atlantic Books
ISBN: 978-1786491831
Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
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