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978-0-674-00954-7 / 0674009541

Mad Travelers: Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illnesses

by Hacking, Ian

Publisher:Harvard University Press

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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Hacking tells the fascinating tale of Albert Dadas, a native of France's Bordeaux region and the first diagnosed mad traveler. Dadas suffered from a strange compulsion that led him to travel obsessively, often without identification, not knowing who he was or why he traveled. Using the records of Philippe Tissiť, Dadas's physician, Hacking attempts to make sense of this strange epidemic.

In telling this tale, Hacking raises probing questions about the nature of mental disorders, the cultural repercussions of their diagnosis, and the relevance of this century-old case study for today's overanalyzed society.

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