Holistic and ‘heroic’ remedies

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How have therapies for mental ailments changed over time?

Today’s treatments for mental illness revolve around drugs and psychological therapy. For centuries, medical practitioners relied mainly on treating physical symptoms, while recognising that mind and body were connected. Where possible, they offered some kind of counselling. This next section of podcasts looks at what therapies were available, and highlights continuities and change over five centuries.

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