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From Melancholia to Depression: Disordered Mood in Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry (2022)


My book From Melancholia to Depression: Disordered Mood in Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry charts how melancholia was reconceptualized in the nineteenth century as a modern mood disorder and a precursor to clinical depression. The book shows how this occurred chiefly in two ways. First, the idea of disordered mood as a medical concept was created through the appropriation of language from experimental physiology into the realm of psychopathology. Second, the interplay of statistical and diagnostic practices formed the basis for modern psychiatric classification and facilitated the standardization of melancholia as a psychiatric diagnosis. These developments were key to the reconceptualization of melancholia and the subsequent emergence of clinical depression, and were foundational to modern psychiatric theory and practice.

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Authors & Contributors
Berrios, German E.
Schioldann, Johan
Maung, Hane Htut
Aragona, Massimiliano
Berg, Hein van den
Caponi, Sandra
History of Psychiatry
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Oxford University Press
Cambridge University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Seuil, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
State University of New York at Binghamton
Mental disorders and diseases
Nosology; classification of diseases
Philosophy of medicine
Kraepelin, Emil
Morel, Bénédict Auguste
Wimmer, August
Andresen, Christopher Schroeder
Time Periods
19th century
21st century
18th century
20th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
United States
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

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