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On the History of Lunacy: The 19th Century and After

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 03 July 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:63
  1. David Healy, director
  1. North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine, Bangor

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    Edward H Hare

    Gabbay, pp 176

    ISBN 0953269906

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    History, to quote Voltaire, is a trick the living play on the dead. All too often the trick involves myths about the past being used to buttress current theories or practices. By means of a conjuring trick, the wisdom of former times is shown to coincide remarkably with the interests of currently dominant groups. This approach, which suppresses variability or ambiguity, makes the past monolithic.

    Edward Hare's work was quite at odds with such …

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