A Great Literature Guide to the DSM-5

ISBN : 9781605356761

Eric Altschuler
120 Pages
219 x 193 mm
Pub date
Jul 2017
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This text examines prominent individuals from great literature and their apparent mental disorders or diseases. It then investigates how those disorders and diseases meet the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5) diagnostic criteria, and how the authors of these stories could have had enough knowledge to create characters who were suffering from mental illness hundreds of years before these illnesses were classified or defined.


Foreword by V.S. Ramachandran, M.D., Ph.D
Section 1: Introduction to the DSM
Chapter 1. The Case of Samson Son of Manoah
Section 2: DSM-5 Diagnoses in Great Literature
Chapter 2. Using the DSM-5: The Oldest Case of Schizophrenia Found in a Story by Nicolai Gogol
Chapter 3. A Hoarding Old Man and a Disembodied Nose: Other Diagnoses in Gogol
Chapter 4. The Case of Dr. Henry Jekyll, M.D., D.C.L., LL.D., F.R.S., PH.D
Chapter 5. Melville's Bartleby: Why the Scrivener Preferred Not
Chapter 6. An Elementary Diagnosis
Chapter 7. ADHD in a Seventeenth-Century Dutch Village School
Chapter 8. Disease in the Hundred-Acre Wood: Pediatric Psychiatric Disease in Literature
Chapter 9. Moving and Sleeping with Dickens and Dracula
Chapter 10. PTSD: A Continuing Saga of Many Wars and Two Cities
Section 3: Neuropsychiatric Disease in Literature
Chapter 11. Shakespeare
Chapter 12. The Incredible Edgar Allan Poe
Chapter 13. Heracles and Homer
Chapter 14. The Brain that Kills the Heart: Death in a James Joyce Story
Section 4: Putting Things to Work
Chapter 15. Using the DSM
Epilogue: A License to Make Literary Diagnoses

About the author: 

Eric L. Altschuler is Associate Professor at Temple University School of Medicine in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Temple University Hospital. His primary research interest is basic and clinically applied cognitive neuroscience: the search to understand how the brain works and how this knowledge can be applied to treat disease. Dr. Altschuler was the first to show a benefit of mirror therapy for individuals with hemiparesis following strokes and the use of mirror therapy for an orthopaedic condition.

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