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The Intentional Brain: Motion, Emotion, and the Development of Modern Neuropsychiatry

Michael R. Trimble



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Johns Hopkins University Press
15 June 2016
Neurology & clinical neurophysiology; Psychiatry
Neuropsychiatry has a distinguished history, yet its ideals and principles fell out of fashion in the early twentieth century as neurology and psychiatry diverged into separate disciplines. Later, neuropsychiatry reemerged as the two disciplines moved closer again, accelerated by advances in neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, and drugs that alter the functioning of the central nervous system. But as neuropsychiatrist Michael R. Trimble explains in The Intentional Brain, the new neuropsychiatry has its own identity and is more than simply a borderland between two disparate clinical disciplines. Looking at neuropsychiatry in the context of major cultural and artistic achievements, Trimble explores changing views of the human brain and its relation to behavior and cognition over 2,500 years of Western civilization. Beginning with the early Greek physicians and moving through the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, the romantic era, the World Wars, and up to the present day, he explores understandings about the brain's integral role in determining movement, motivation, and mood. Persuasively arguing that storytelling forms the backbone of human culture and individuality, Trimble describes the dawn and development of artistic creativity and traces the conflicts between differing philosophical views of our world and our position in it. A sweeping history of the branch of medicine concerned with both psychic and organic aspects of mental disorder, the book reveals what scientists have learned about movement and emotion by studying people with such diseases as epilepsy, syphilis, hysteria, psychosis, movement disorders, and melancholia. The Intentional Brain is a marvelous and interdisciplinary look at the clinical interface between the mind and the brain.
By:   Michael R. Trimble
Imprint:   Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 26mm
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9781421419497
ISBN 10:   1421419491
Pages:   328
Publication Date:   15 June 2016
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified
Preface1. Origins of the Romance2. The Middle Ages3. The Renaissance4. The Enlightenment5. Romanticism6. Late Romanticism7. Charcot's Joints8. The Division of the Hemispheres9. Fin de Siecle10. The Turn of the Screw11. The In-Between Years12. After the War13. Coda14. Neuropsychiatry, Then and NowAcknowledgmentsName IndexSubject Index
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Michael R. Trimble, MD, is professor emeritus of behavioral neurology at University College London's Institute of Neurology. He is the author of The Soul in the Brain: The Cerebral Basis of Language, Art, and Belief and Why Humans Like to Cry: Tragedy, Evolution, and the Brain.

Reviews for The Intentional Brain: Motion, Emotion, and the Development of Modern Neuropsychiatry

It reminded me exactly why I love psychiatry, for its complex history and ongoing scientific mystery. If you are feeling in need of a reminder of how far we have come, Trimble may provide just that inspiration. British Society for the History of Medicine

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