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Coleridge's 'The Madman and the Lethargist' and psychiatric disorder


Pridmore, S, Coleridge's 'The Madman and the Lethargist' and psychiatric disorder, Australian Psychiatry, 19, (5) pp. 398-400. ISSN 1039-8562 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.3109/10398562.2011.610463


Objective: The aim of this study was to examine " The Madman and the Lethargist " , by Samuel Coleridge, with respect to its contribution to the history of psychiatric disorders. Conclusion : While primarily a political allegory, this poem indicates that to the non-medical Briton (Coleridge, albeit an educated one) of the late 18th century, a distinction was not necessarily made between mad and non-mad sick people. Also, that even dangerous mad people were considered potentially curable.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:73639
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2011-10-19
Last Modified:2012-06-12

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