Mental Health in Historical Perspective

Psychiatry in Communist Europe

Editors: Marks, Sarah, Savelli, Mat (Eds.)

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This is the first book to address the history of psychiatry under Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, from the Soviet Union to East Germany. It brings together new research addressing understandings of mental health and disorder, treatments and therapies, and the interplay between politics, ideology and psychiatry.

About the authors

Sarah Marks is Research Fellow in History and Philosophy of Science at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, UK. She teaches and writes on the history of psychiatry, psychology and mental health.

Mat Savelli is Postdoctoral Fellow at McMaster University, Canada. His research encompasses work on the history of psychiatry in Yugoslavia, the history and sociology of addiction, and the global advertising of psychopharmaceutical medications.

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“Challenging standard interpretations of psychiatry in communist-era Europe, this collection offers important contributions to the social history of medicine. The ten chapters illustrate a rich variety of topics, particularly around treatment options, national-cultural differences, and contest within the Soviet psychiatric profession. … the extensive array of primary sources cited, and the variety of topics and settings offered, demonstrates the scope for continuing study in this sphere.” (Susan Burch, H-Net Disability, netoworks.h-net.org, January, 2016)

“Psychiatry in Communist Europe is important reading for anybody interested in the relationship between science and ideology. Not only does it offer thick descriptions of how politics impacted psychiatric knowledge in various national contexts in eastern Europe, it also importantly moves the study of psychiatry in this region beyond the well-known theme of politically motivated psychiatric abuse. … this collection could be a very effective learning tool in undergraduate courses on the global history of medicine.” (Maria Cristina Galmarini-Kabala, Slavic Review, 2016)


“This is the first book to address the history of psychiatry under Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, from the Soviet Union to East Germany. It brings together new research addressing understandings of mental health and disorder, treatments and therapies, and the interplay between politics, ideology and psychiatry. … The study deconstructs a predominant totalitarian interpretation frame and embeds the history of psychiatry in Communism in a broader context.” (Felicitas Söhner, pol-int.org, July, 2015)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Communist Europe and Transnational Psychiatry

    Pages 1-26

    Marks, Sarah (et al.)

  • The Dialectics of Labour in a Psychiatric Ward: Work Therapy in the Kaschenko Hospital

    Pages 27-49

    Sirotkina, Irina (et al.)

  • Insulin Coma Therapy and the Construction of Therapeutic Effectiveness in Stalin’s Soviet Union, 1936–1953

    Pages 50-72

    Zajicek, Benjamin

  • Soviet Psychiatry and Drug Addiction in Central Asia: The Construction of ‘Narcomania’

    Pages 73-92

    Latypov, Alisher

  • Psychiatry and Ideology: The Emergence of ‘Asthenic Neurosis’ in Communist Romania

    Pages 93-116

    Doboş, Corina

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Psychiatry in Communist Europe
Editors
  • Sarah Marks
  • Mat Savelli
Series Title
Mental Health in Historical Perspective
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49092-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-49092-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49091-9
Series ISSN
2634-6036
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 222
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