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The Desire To Be Free As A Mental Disorder And The History Of Other Medical Anomalies: Part I

Weekend Podcast Selection: “States of Mind: Mental Illness in America” on BackStory with the American History Guys. http://backstoryradio.org/shows/states-of-mind/.  Featuring historian, Dr. Katherine Bankole-Medina (podcast segment “The Psychology of Escape”) on the antebellum medical conditionDrapetomania” or the disease causing enslaved Africans to run away.

English: 1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, sh...

English: 1857 lithograph by Armand Gautier, showing personifications of dementia, megalomania, acute mania, melancholia, idiocy, hallucination, erotic mania and paralysis in the gardens of the Hospice de la Salpêtrière. Reprinted in Madness: A Brief History (ISBN 978-0192802668), from which this version is taken. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)