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Cover illustration: ‘Depression’ by Stephen Magrath. Credit: Stephen Magrath. This ink and watercolour illustration depicts the brain of someone suffering from depression. The blue wash describes the lack of mental clarity and motivation experienced by people with this condition. In our culture the colour blue is traditionally associated with melancholy. Depression is a physiological illness, often generational which can be treated with medication and psychotherapy.

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Names: Laine-Frigren, Tuomas, editor. | Eilola, Jari, editor. | Hokkanen, Markku, editor.

Title: Encountering crises of the mind : madness, culture and society, 1200s–1900s / edited by Tuomas Laine-Frigren, Jari Eilola, Markku Hokkanen.

Description: Leiden : Boston ; Brill, [2019] | Series: History of science and medicine library, ISSN 1872–0684 ; volume 57 | Includes bibliographical references and index.

Identifiers: LCCN 2018039190 (print) | LCCN 2018039689 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004308534 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004308527 (hardback : alk. paper)

Subjects: | MESH: Mental Disorders—history | Mental Disorders—therapy | Patients—psychology | Social Conditions—history | History, Medieval | History, Early Modern 1451–1600 | History, Modern 1601–

Classification: LCC RA790.5 (ebook) | LCC RA790.5 (print) | NLM WM 11.1 | DDC 362.2—dc23

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ISSN 1872-0684

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Encountering Crises of the Mind

Madness, Culture and Society, 1200s-1900s