New Diagnoses or New Ailments?

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Looking back in time, we might think that life was easier, but that the transition from small-scale, largely agrarian societies brought about by industrialization and urbanization during the nineteenth century produced similar changes in life experiences to our own. We might think the consequent deracination and alienation of individuals has created more mental illness. This week’s podcast puts this idea to the test by looking at the history of a small selection of mental illnesses and impairments, and considering theories about changes in the incidence of mental pathologies, exploring whether they actually took place, and finally asking if they are the result of different perceptions or thresholds, or of changing illness patterns.

Image of the week: Emil Kraepelin, 1856-1926
Full Bibliographic Record: Wellcome Library Catalogue L0030730
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