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Author Davis, Gayle
Title 'The Cruel Madness of Love' : Sex, Syphilis and Psychiatry in Scotland, 1880-1930
Imprint Leiden : BRILL, 2008
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Descript 1 online resource (291 pages)
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Series Clio Medica Ser. ; v.85
Clio Medica Ser
Note Intro -- THE CRUEL MADNESS OF LOVE -- Contents -- Abbreviations -- List of Figures -- List of Tables -- List of Images -- Acknowledgements -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Scottish Institutional Provision for the Insane -- 3. Clinical Diagnosis -- 4. The Impact of the Laboratory -- 5. Treatment -- 6. Aetiology and Social Epidemiology -- 7. Conclusions -- Appendices -- Sources and Select Bibliography -- Index
Against a backdrop of contemporary social and sexual concerns, and potent fears surrounding the moral and physical 'degeneration' of late nineteenth and early twentieth-century society, 'The Cruel Madness of Love' explores a critical period in the developing relationship between syphilis and insanity. General paralysis of the insane (GPI), the most commonly diagnosed of the neurosyphilitic disorders, has been devastating both in terms of its severity and incidence. Using the rich laboratory and asylum records of lowland Scotland as a case study, Gayle Davis examines the evolution of GPI as a disease category from a variety of perspectives: social, medical, and pathological. Through exploring case notes and the impact of new diagnostic techniques and therapies, such as the Wassermann Test and Malarial Therapy, the reader gains a unique insight into both patients and practitioners. Significant insights are gained into the socio-sexual background and medical experience of patients, as well as the clinical ideas and judgmental behaviour of the practitioners confronting this disease. 'The Cruel Madness of Love' will be of interest to anyone wishing to explore the historical relationship between sexuality, morality and disease."It is not often that a book is as interesting as its title suggests, but Gayle Davis's first monograph is a fine example.... a thoroughly researched, engaging, thoughtful and ultimately important work of scholarship." Medical History , 54: 1 (January 2010), 139-140
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Davis, Gayle 'The Cruel Madness of Love' : Sex, Syphilis and Psychiatry in Scotland, 1880-1930 Leiden : BRILL,c2008 9789042024632
Subject Neurosyphilis -- Scotland -- History.;Psychiatry -- Scotland -- History
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