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Melancholy and Culture Diseases of the Soul in Golden Age Spain by Roger Bartra

Melancholy and Culture Diseases of the Soul in Golden Age Spain


Melancholy and Culture Diseases of the Soul in Golden Age Spain by Roger Bartra

Focuses on the subject of 'melancholy madness' in Spain. This work demonstrates that the subject of melancholy in the Spanish Golden Age is an indispensable link in a chain which may help us to understand the appearance of sadness and malcontent in Europe at the dawn of modernity.


'One can only welcome such a thoughtful and scholarly contribution within the context of sixteenth-century Spain, a scintillating epoch largely off the radar of most medical historians, and appreciate the inspired idea of the Iberian and Latin Studies editors to translate this important book into English.'
Edward Shorter, History of Psychiatry 20 (4)

About the Author

Professor Roger Bartra is a Research Fellow at the University of Mexico (UNAM), an anthropologist and sociologist. He is the author of several books on the Mexican political system, the European mythology of melancholy and the wild men, and the anthropology of the brain.

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Publication date

1st June 2008


Roger Bartra

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University of Wales Press


288 pages


History of medicine



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