The Madness of Fear: A History of Catatonia

ISBN : 9780190881191

Edward Shorter; Max Fink
224 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018
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This is the first-ever history of catatonia, a singular psychiatric illness featuring often bizarre disorders of mind and movement together with fearfulness and anxiety. Unlike most other psychiatric illnesses, it is eminently treatable, the symptoms vanishing as rapidly as they have come. For many years it was considered incorrectly as a subtype of schizophrenia.


1. Introduction
2. Catatonia Before Kahlbaum
3. Karl Kahlbaum
4. Emil Kraepelin
5. Eugen Bleuler
6. Kidnapped!
7. Psychology
8. Delirious Mania and Febrile Catatonia
9. The Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome
10. Symptoms and Diagnoses
11. Catatonia in DSM-III and after
12. New Faces of Catatonia?
13. Treatments
14. L'Envoi

About the author: 

Edward Shorter, PhD, FRSC After receiving a PhD from Harvard University in 1968, Dr Shorter took up a History appointment at the University of Toronto, where he became the Jason A Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine in 1991. Shorter, who teaches in the Faculty of Medicine and is a member of the Department of Psychiatry, has written numerous books, including a History of Psychiatry (Wylie 1996) and How Everyone Became Depressed (Oxford UP, 2013). Max Fink, MD After receiving an M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine in 1945, Dr. Fink qualified in neurology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. Began a life-time research career on the practice and mechanisms of convulsive therapy (electroshock). Interest in new psychoactive agents led to digital computer analysis of drug effects laying the foundation for the science of pharmaco-EEG. Interest in the syndromes of catatonia and melancholia began in 1977 leading to texts and histories of both syndromes.

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