States of Mind

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Subtitle: Searching for Mental Health in Natal and Zululand, 1868-1918
Author: Julie Parle
Publisher: University Of KwaZulu-Natal Press (2007)
ISBN-10: 1869140982
ISBN-13: 9781869140984
Condition: Very Good. The cover is scratched and rubbed. The bottom corner of the cover and a number of the pages are creased. There is some wear to cover edges, corners and spine ends. Else an internally clean, well bound copy.
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 334
Dimensions: 24 x 16.6 x 2 cm

Weight: 0.65 kg


This study of the history of mental illness and its cures in colonial and immediately post-Union Natal and Zululand investigates westernized treatments of insanity at the Natal Government Asylum, as well as less well-known routes back to health via African and Indian modes of healing.
Author Julie Parle writes of the amandiki, bands of frenzied women who explained their illness as caused by possession by a male ancestor. She discusses frauds, medicines for hysteria and drunkenness, faith healers of different kinds, and suicide in all communities. Finally, she considers how mental health services became centralized under state control from Pretoria, with important consequences for the future of psychiatry and mental health services in modern South Africa.


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