Preface

Book symposium on Historia polskiego szaleństwa

Avant, Vol. XI, No. 1
published under license CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Krystyna Bielecka orcid-id
University of Warsaw, Poland 
kikab.gazeta.pl @ gmail.com

Published 16 December 2019   Download full text

The following papers stem from the symposium on Mira Marcinów’s book Historia polskiego szaleństwa [History of Polish Madness], vol. I. The event was organized on June 6, 2018 in the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw and funded from the National Science Centre grant 2016/ 23/ D/ HS1/ 02205 (PI: Krystyna Bielecka).

While the book is only available in Polish, it may be of lively interest to the international community of scholars in the history of psychiatry and clinical psychology, and the history of ideas in general. However, the sheer length of the book makes its translation into English in the near future quite unlikely. Therefore, we decided that some of the crucial issues in the book could be simply discussed in English to give at least a preview of its richness to a wider audience. We hope it will contribute to the debate on the significance of the history of psychiatry to the current understanding of mental disorders.

The organizers of the symposium wish to thank the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences, for hosting it, and for the speakers and participants for the lively discussion.


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