Wednesday, August 17, 2022

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  • Thanks! If you’re interested in learning more about the history of schizophrenia and psychiatry, you may enjoy “How The Brain Lost It’s Mind – Sex, Hysteria and the Riddle of Mental Illness” and “Bleuler, Jung, and the Creation of the Schizophrenias.” I was absolutely dismayed that my education at Ohio State and in the community college system in California (dev psych, etc), excluded any mention of syphilis. When the realities of syphilis are included, the works of Freud and other scions make a lot more sense. The idea that sex could cause the development of neurosyphilis could have driven me hysterical. My takeaway is in alignment with the author, a neurologist at Yale. He posits that neurosyphilis gave birth to psychiatry because it was absolutely reductionist. Now, the world signs on to bio-reductionism with the mind. In my opinion, marketing types are most guilty, but everyone plays a role in this mass delusion. Cheers!