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Virginia Woolf and Neuropsychiatry


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PrefaceNote to the ReaderSECTION I: INTRODUCTION1. Sexual Abuse, Literary Genius and a Mind gone Awry2. The Development of Early 20th century Psychiatry and its Failure3. Freud, the Subconscious and Virginia Woolf4. Virginia Woolf's SuicideSECTION II: NEUROPSYCHIATRY AND SUICIDE5. Brain Networks, Hormones and Genes implicated in Depression6. The Pathology of Synapses in Brain Networks implicated in Depression7. On the Mechanism of Action of an Anti-Depressant8. On the Identification of Drugs Modulating Epigenetic Mechanisms in Depression9. Brain Networks in PsychosisSECTION III: ON MENTAL ILLNESS10. The Mind, Mental Illness and the Stream of Consciousness

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"This book is a wonderful vehicle to bring us up to speed with neuropsychiatry & epigenetics advances. The examination, typology & historical development of the concept of soul, mind and consciousness is both very useful and neatly concise. I love the footnotes, like Oliver Sacks' they become delicious essays in themselves. Beautifully done." (Professor Alan Rosen,University of Sydney, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Commissioner, Mental Health Commission, NSW) "Professor Bennett brings his immense neuroscientific knowledge and conceptual sophistication to bear upon the mental illness of one of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century. His investigations of the psychiatric history of Virginia Woolf are based on extensive research into her medical record, familiarity with the state of medicine and treatment of the mentally ill in the first decades of the last century, and mastery of the latest findings of neuropsychiatry. This book will fascinate both students of psychiatry and lovers of the writings of Virginia Woolf." (P.M.S. Hacker, St John's College,Oxford)


"Maxwell Bennett's Virginia Woolf and Neuropsychiatry is in some ways the least typical work on Woolf published in 2013, making a fitting departure point for this survey of a productively eclectic year in Woolf studies. ... it is worth considering, particularly by anyone with a strong biographical interest in Woolf." (Year's Work in English Studies, Vol. 94 (1), 2015)

"The subject of this book's investigation is Virginia Woolf. ... The book arranges ten ... disparate essays into three parts. ... Bennett is an authoritative but amiable writer, and he conveys deep sensitivity towards his subject. ... Bennett's book can be read with profit by anyone with an interest in psychology, psychiatry, or neuroscience, and also by enthusiasts of Virginia Woolf ... ." (Nick Haslam, Australian Book Review, April, 2013)

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