Mental Health in Historical Perspective
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From Melancholia to Depression

Disordered Mood in Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry

Authors: Jansson, Åsa

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  • Offers much-needed historical perspectives on the emergence of modern depressive illness 
  • Explores how melancholia was transformed in the nineteenth century from melancholy ‘madness’ to a modern biomedical mood disorder
  • Draws on a range of sources, including asylum records, medical textbooks and articles, statistical reports, and directives from the British Lunacy Commission
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This open access book maps a crucial but neglected chapter in the history of psychiatry: how was melancholia transformed in the nineteenth century from traditional melancholy madness into a modern biomedical mood disorder, paving the way for the emergence of clinical depression as a psychiatric illness in the twentieth century? At a time when the prevalence of mood disorders and antidepressant consumption are at an all-time high, the need for a comprehensive historical understanding of how modern depressive illness came into being has never been more urgent. This book addresses a significant gap in existing scholarly literature on melancholia, depression, and mood disorders by offering a contextualised and critical perspective on the history of melancholia in the first decades of psychiatry, from the 1830s until the turn of the twentieth century. 

About the authors

Åsa Jansson is a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute for Medical Humanities at Durham University, UK. She is a historian of psychiatry, with an interdisciplinary background encompassing intellectual history, the history of medicine and political science. She has published in leading journals in her field and beyond, and has communicated her research in other forums, including public exhibitions and festivals.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Disordered Mood as Historical Problem

    Pages 1-33

    Jansson, Åsa

  • The Scientific Foundation of Disordered Mood

    Pages 35-61

    Jansson, Åsa

  • The Classification of Melancholia in Mid-Nineteenth-Century British Medicine

    Pages 63-88

    Jansson, Åsa

  • Melancholia and the New Biological Psychiatry

    Pages 89-122

    Jansson, Åsa

  • Statistics, Classification, and the Standardisation of Melancholia

    Pages 123-171

    Jansson, Åsa

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Melancholia to Depression
Book Subtitle
Disordered Mood in Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry
Authors
Series Title
Mental Health in Historical Perspective
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-54802-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54802-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-54801-8
Series ISSN
2634-6036
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 234
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