Histoire de la folie avant la psychiatrie

October 2, 2018

• Title English : History of madness before psychiatry
• Author : Boris Cyrulnik and Dr Patrick Lemoine
• Pages : 248 Sheets
• Publisher : Odile Jacob (September 12, 2018)
• ISBN-10 : 2738145132
• ISBN-13 : 978-2738145130
• Product Dimensions : 14,5 x 1,7 x 22 cm
• Format Kindle : PDF, Ebook and Epub
• Price : 23,90
• Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 7/10

♦ Description : “Absurdities, excesses, abuses and even abuse have marked the history of madness. How else to understand the success of Mesmer and his tub? How to give an account of the attribution to Saturn of the troubles of the mood and the demon of the torments of the soul? How to justify the psychiatric confinement of the dissidents under Stalin? Surrounded by a dozen experts – psychiatrists but also a historian, an internist or a neurologist – Patrick Lemoine and Boris Cyrulnik discuss the past of psychiatry. They propose to focus on some very current and at least thorny questions: what need to found a new psychiatry today, and what future for this discipline, long crazy branch of medicine?”

Author Biography


“Boris Cyrulnik”

Boris Cyrulnik – is a French neurologist, psychiatrist, ethologist and psychoanalyst. He was born into a family of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe (his father was Russian-Ukrainian and his mother was Polish) who arrived in France in the 1930s. His parents died in deportation. He is taken to Paris by a maternal aunt, who raises him. He later states that it was this traumatic personal experience that drove him to become a psychiatrist. He studied at the Faculty of Medicine in Paris. He then goes to ethology and diversifies to the maximum: ethology, psychology, neurology, psychoanalysis …

He then became chief physician of La Salvate, a private psychiatric aftercare facility. He left this post in 1979 and moved as a part-time psychoanalyst, while giving consultations to the intercommunal hospital center of Toulon-La Seyne-sur-Mer, until 1991. Lecturer in human ethology / clinical at the Faculty of Medicine of Marseille from 1974 to 1987, he became in 1995-1996 director of a university degree (DU) of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of Toulon. Former head of a research group in clinical ethology at the Toulon hospital and teaching human ethology at the University of South Toulon-Var, Boris Cyrulnik is best known for developing the concept of “resilience” (reborn of his suffering).

From the 1980s, he devoted his life to the popularization of his knowledge through his books: “Memory of ape and words of man” (Hachete Pluriel Reference, 1998), “The ugly duckling” (Odile Jacob, 2004 and “When a child dies – Attachment and societies” (Odile Jacob, 2011). In 1998, he was named President of the National Center for Cultural Creation and Dissemination of Châteauvallon, then in 2005 President of the Annie-et-Charles-Corrin Prize on the memory of the Shoah. Since 2007, he has a Sunday feature on France Info, Histoire d’Homme with Marie-Odile Monchicourt and Yves Coppens. He is a member of the sponsorship committee of the French Coordination for the Decade of the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence. Married, he is the father of two children.”