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Clinical Psychiatry in Imperial Germany
A History of Psychiatric Practice
The psychiatric profession in Germany changed radically from the mid-nineteenth century to the beginning of World War I. In a book that demonstrates his extensive archival knowledge and an impressive command of the primary literature, Eric J...
A Compulsion for Antiquity
Freud and the Ancient World
"If psychoanalysis is the return of repressed antiquity, distorted to be sure by modern desire, yet still bearing the telltale traces of the ancient archive, then would not our growing distance from the archive of antiquity also imply that we are...
Science, Art, and the Unconscious Mind
When Sigmund Freud published The Interpretation of Dreams in 1900, he began the modern study of a phenomenon that has fascinated human beings for thousands of years. At the same time he opened a new realm, the unconscious mind, to filmmakers and...
Electra after Freud
Myth and Culture
"Electra's story is essentially a tale of murder, revenge, and violence. In the ancient myth of Atreus, Agamemnon returns home from battle and receives no hero's welcome. Instead, he is greeted with an ax, murdered in his bath by his...
Heinrich Kaan's "Psychopathia Sexualis" (1844)
A Classic Text in the History of Sexuality
Heinrich Kaan's fascinating work—part medical treatise, part sexual taxonomy, part activist statement, and part anti-onanist tract—takes us back to the origins of...
War, Psychiatry, and the Politics of Trauma in Germany, 1890–1930
Keeping America Sane
Psychiatry and Eugenics in the United States and Canada, 1880–1940
What would bring a physician to conclude that sterilization is appropriate treatment for the mentally ill and mentally handicapped? Using archival sources, Ian Robert Dowbiggin documents the involvement of both American and Canadian psychiatrists in...
The Mastery of Submission
Inventions of Masochism
Noyes documents the evolution of the concept of masochism with scenes in literature from John Cleland's Fanny Hill through Sacher-Masoch's Venus in Furs and Pauline Reage's Story of...
Mirrors of Memory
Freud, Photography, and the History of Art
A significant contribution to our understanding of early twentieth century visual culture and an exploration of how photography shaped the ways in which the great archaeologist of the human mind saw and thought about the world.
The Pathological Family
Postwar America and the Rise of Family Therapy
The Pathological Family examines how family therapy developed against the intellectual and cultural landscape of postwar America.