MADNESS and BACTERIAL INFECTION
Laurie Taylor discovers a long-suppressed medical scandal in which Henry Cotton, a leading psychiatrist of the early 20th century, came to believe that mental illness was the product of chronic infection that poisoned the brain.
A ruthless course of surgical treatment then followed which many patients did not survive, yet damning evidence against the doctor was suppressed and his ideas continued to find favour in the decades that followed.
Laurie Taylor is joined by sociologists Professor Andrew Scull , author of Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine and Professor Nikolas Rose , Director of BIOS Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society to discuss what this case says about the psychiatric profession, the relationship between doctors and psychiatric patients and the contemporary resonances of this case.
Professor Andrew Scull
Professor and Chair of Sociology and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego
Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine
Publisher: Yale University Press
Professor Nikolas Rose
Professor of Sociology at London School of Economics and Director of BIOS Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society
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