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Scenes of Madness: A Psychiatrist at the Theatre Derek Davis

Scenes of Madness: A Psychiatrist at the Theatre

Derek Davis

Published October 10th 1991
ISBN : 9780415056786
Hardcover
204 pages
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Derek Russell Davis argues that mental health professionals working in a hospital or clinic setting can learn much from playwrights about the psychological processes in mental illness. Looking at such diverse characters as Orestes, Hamlet, Lear,MoreDerek Russell Davis argues that mental health professionals working in a hospital or clinic setting can learn much from playwrights about the psychological processes in mental illness. Looking at such diverse characters as Orestes, Hamlet, Lear, Ophelia, Peer Gynt, Oswald Alving and Blanche Dubois, Dr Davis shows how madness in plays is put into the context of the crucial experiences in an individuals history and current relationships, and demonstrates that these stories can be a new and exciting source of insight into mental illness.