Manic Depressive Insanity and Paranoia

Emil Kraepelin

First published in 1921, early psychiatric text from the man who invented the diagnosis of schizophrenia or dementia praecox. Includes case studies, photos of patients and specimens of “manic scribbling.” Kraepelin frequently waxes poetic: “Everywhere danger threatens the patient. The girls read his letters; strange people are in the house; a suspicious motor-car drives past. People mock him, are going to thrash him, to chase him from his post in a shameful way, incarcerate him, bring him to justice, expose him publicly, deport him, take his orders from him, throw him into the fire, drown him. The people are already standing outside. The bill of indictment is already written; the scaffold is being put up; he must wander about naked and miserable, is quite forsaken, is shut out of human society, is lost body and soul.”

Publisher: Ayer
Hardback: 127 pages