Hypochondriasis and Melancholia

Jennifer Radden

in The Nature of Melancholy

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195151657
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849253 | DOI:
Hypochondriasis and Melancholia

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This chapter presents Wilhelm Griesinger's discussions of melancholy. Griesinger, born in 1817, pursued medical studies first in Tübingen, then in Zurich, and finally in Paris, before settling down to practice at the insane asylum in Winnenthal at the age of twenty-three. It was in Winnenthal that he conceived of his book Mental Pathology and Therapeutics. In its more than 500 pages, this work covers the causes and forms of mental disease, as well as its pathological anatomy (with chapters on the parts of the brain) and treatment (there are chapters on physical treatment, moral treatment, and lunatic asylums). The passages excerpted here are from the third book, devoted to the forms of mental disease, and are selected to reveal Griesinger's view that there is but one mental disease, whose course includes an initial phase of melancholia.

Keywords: Wilhelm Griesinger; melancholy; Mental Pathology and Therapeutics; Winnenthal

Chapter.  3218 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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