Mad by the Millions: Mental Disorders and the Early Years of the World Health Organization (Culture and Psychiatry)

Mad by the Millions: Mental Disorders and the Early Years of the World Health Organization (Culture and Psychiatry)


English | April 13th, 2021 | ISBN: 0262045389 | 240 pages | True EPUB | 8.23 MB

The World Health Organization’s post-World War II work on the epidemiology and classification of mental disorders and its vision of a "world psyche."

In 1946, the World Health Organization undertook a project in social psychiatry that aimed to discover the epidemiology and classification of mental disorders. In Mad by the Millions, Harry Y-Jui Wu examines the WHO’s ambitious project, arguing that it was shaped by the postwar faith in technology and expertise and the universalizing vision of a "world psyche." Wu shows that the WHO’s idealized scientific internationalism laid the foundations of today’s highly highly metricalized global mental health system.

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