Madhouse : a tragic tale of megalomania and modern medicine / Andrew Scull.
- New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2005.
xiii, 360 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
- Cotton, Henry Aloysius -- Career in psychiatry.
Psychiatry -- United States -- History.
Cotton, Henry Aloysius.
Cotton, Henry Aloysius.
- Medical subjects:
- Cotton, Henry Aloysius.
Trenton State Hospital.
Psychiatry -- New Jersey -- History.
History, 20th Century -- New Jersey.
Hospitals, Psychiatric -- New Jersey -- History.
- "Madhouse reveals a long-suppressed medical scandal, shocking in its brutality and sobering in its implications. It shows how a leading American psychiatrist of the early twentieth century came to believe that mental illnesses were the product of chronic infections that poisoned the brain. Convinced that he had uncovered the single source of psychosis, Henry Cotton, superintendent of the Trenton State Hospital, New Jersey, launched a ruthless campaign to "eliminate the perils of pus infection." Teeth were pulled, tonsils excised, stomachs, spleens, colons, and uteruses were all sacrificed in the assault on "focal sepsis.""
"Many patients did not survive Cotton's surgeries; thousands more were left mangled and maimed. Cotton's work was controversial, yet none of his colleagues questioned his experimental practices. Subsequent historians and psychiatrists, too, have ignored the events that cast doubt on their favourite narratives of scientific and humanitarian progress." "Andrew Scull exposes the full, frightening story of madness among the mad-doctors. Drawing on a wealth of documents and interviews, he reconstructs a nightmarish, cautionary chapter in modern psychiatry, when professionals failed to police themselves."--Jacket.
- No bughouse doctor
The perils of pus infection
The mecca of exodontia
Selling the cure
Fighting focal infection
The end of the affair?
An American abroad
Making a medical career
Cotton under the microscope
Averting a scandal
Playing for time
The new lister
Death in the trenches. Epilogue: Psychiatry and its discontents.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 300-349) and index.
- Local notes:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection copy has dustjacket retained.
- Penn Provenance:
- Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copies 1 & 2)
- Penn Chronology:
- Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
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