Roy Porter


The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medecine, London

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Cycnos | Volume 6

Divided Selves and Psychiatric Violence

“Critics have long rued the evils of intellectual dualism and the splits between man and God, man and Nature, man and woman, body and soul, head and heart, reason and emotion, and so forth which it entails. Such intellectual dualisms allegedly do violence to the notion of ‘wholeness’. Time was (so tell us religious, philosophical, literary, and folkloric myths), when that which is now divided and divorced was originally united. Time will be (so say optimists and utopians, reformers and revolutionaries), when that which is divided will be whole (or ‘healed’) again. In the field of mental health and medicine, the ‘divided self’ has been a great focus of attention over ...”

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