Searching for schizophrenia in ancient Greek and Roman literature: a systematic review

  title={Searching for schizophrenia in ancient Greek and Roman literature: a systematic review},
  author={K Evans and J J Mcgrath and Robert Milns},
  journal={Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica},
Objective:  The aim of this study was to systematically examine ancient Roman and Greek texts to identify descriptions of schizophrenia and related disorders. 
Suicide in classical mythology: cues for prevention
Objective:  To compare well established antecedents and correlates of completed suicide with the motives and the mechanics reported in Greek mythology.
Problems with retrospective studies of the presence of schizophrenia
The methodological issues that arise in retrospective studies of schizophrenia are reviewed, including difficulties in interpreting ancient texts describing schizophrenia-like conditions.
Bipolar disorder in young people
Bipolar disorder in young people - Libros de Medicina - Trastorno de la personalidad - 37,74
Rethinking Schizophrenia in the Context of the Person and Their Circumstances: Seven Reasons
Seven phenomena of a marked socio-cultural nature are reviewed, including the so-called “genetic myth” according to which schizophrenia would have a genetic origin, and it emerges that the environment and behavior recover their prominent role in the vicissitudes of development.
Concept of hysteria in Greeco-Arab medicine: a review.
Hysteria is regarded as a symptom of emotional disturbance and mental disorder that is common among adolescent girls that often occurs in schools during classes, and may be related to cultural factors or to individual values and beliefs.
Did Christianity lead to schizophrenia? Psychosis, psychology and self reference
Six novel aspects of Christianity may be significant for the emergence of schizophrenia—an omniscient deity, a decontexualised self, ambiguous agency, a downplaying of immediate sensory data, and a scrutiny of the self and its reconstitution in conversion.
Romanticism and schizophrenia. First part: The recency hypothesis and the core Gestalt of the disease.
The arguments presented in this paper tend to support the recency hypothesis and open the doors to consider in a second part the relationship between the features of Romanticism, starting by the “discovery of intimacy”, and its articulation with the disturbance of ipseity and selfhood characteristic of the disease.
Myths and plain truths about schizophrenia epidemiology – the NAPE lecture 2004
  • J. Mcgrath
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica
  • 2005
Objective:  Science needs to constantly match research models against the data. With respect to the epidemiology of schizophrenia, the widely held belief that the incidence of schizophrenia shows
Is non-pharmacological treatment an option for certain schizophrenia patients?
Whether all schizophrenic people should be treated with antipsychotics for the same good prognosis is answered, and solutions for better outcomes in a greater number of patients using alternative treatment are provided.


Healing the Mind: A History of Psychiatry from Antiquity to the Present
The history of psychiatry concerns efforts to identify, diagnose, and contain or treat these "wild," "mad," or "insane" people. This book starts with the Greeks 2,500 years ago and ends with a
Psychiatric stigma in the classical and medieval period: a review of the literature.
  • H. Fabrega
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Comprehensive psychiatry
  • 1990
Did Schizophrenia Exist before the Eighteenth Century?
  • J. Ellard
  • Psychology, Medicine
    The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry
  • 1987
Whether the syndrome that the authors now call schizophrenia has changed in recent years and whether it existed at all four centuries ago is considered, based on the author's experience and upon contemporary case histories.
Did schizophrenia exist before the eighteenth century?
Dysthymia and cyclothymia: historical origins and contemporary development.
A history of clinical psychiatry : the origin and history of psychiatric disorders
PART 1 NEUROPSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS: Delirium Dementia Stroke and other Vascular Disorders Parkinson's Disease Huntington's Disease Epilepsy Multiple Sclerosis Pain Disorder Mental Retardation. PART 2
A history of clinical psychiatry: the origin and history of psychiatric disorders
description and bibliographic detail for individual items, as in her entry for a short treatise on urines that provides specific directions for investigation of possible Latin sources. In another
Remarks on Ancient Psychopathology
It would be fruitful and timely to reexamine the past and view its history from the vantage point afforded by the new insights of Freud, and I do think that a study of the kind I have in mind could have far more than merely antiquarian interest.
Diseases in the ancient Greek world
This is a tribute to Thomas McKeown, a philosopher and a moralist, as well as a historian, of medicine, who maintained and taught the ancient wisdom that the practice of medicine is as much ethical and philosophical as scientific.
Squibb Academic Lecture: Attitudes towards Mental Illness in Antiquity
  • R. Milns
  • Philosophy
    The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry
  • 1986
The term ‘attitudes’ is taken in a broad sense to cover such aspects as popular beliefs, professional theorising and the ways in which society viewed its own, and the individual’s, responsibilities in matters concerning mental illness.