By Kieran McNally
Schizophrenia was once twentieth century psychiatry's arch idea of insanity. but for many of that century it was once either challenging and contentious. This heritage explores schizophrenia's historical instability through topics equivalent to indicators, definition, class and anti-psychiatry. In doing so, it opens up new methods of realizing twentieth century madness.
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That said, Jelliffe would later realise the limitations of psychoanalysis in a mental hospital (Grob, 1994). Kraepelin’s Viewpoint Moves towards a Freudian conceptualisation of dementia praecox or schizophrenia were all the same nascent. And from as early as 1911, psychoanalysis and indeed psychogenic theories encountered resistance and competition from other theorists (Noll, 2011). Notably in North America, a 1919 translation of Emil Kraepelin’s 1913 thoughts on dementia praecox now appeared. In it, Kraepelin expressed regret over the confusion created by the misleading term dementia praecox.
Such emphasis promoted and extended Freudian thinking at the clear expense of Bleuler’s theorisation and arguments. There were clear advantages in doing so. Twinning psychoanalysis with orthodox psychiatry was one way to spread the concepts of psychoanalysis, and gain Freudian thought respectability among psychiatrists. By emphasising marked libido splitting in schizophrenia, this definition facilitated that agenda. That said, Jelliffe would later realise the limitations of psychoanalysis in a mental hospital (Grob, 1994).
2003). Most pertinently to schizophrenia, the metaphor took on its most vivid form in Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1886 (1994) supernatural horror story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A criticism of Victorian morality, possibly inspired by ergot poisoning, it drew on theological and literary influences concerning humanity’s primitive capacity for good and evil. It also drew on conclusions found in Charles Darwin’s Descent of Man (1871/1981), as well as 21 22 A Critical History of Schizophrenia the work of Herbert Spencer.
A Critical History of Schizophrenia by Kieran McNally