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Scenes of Madness

A Psychiatrist at the Theatre

Scenes of Madness by Derek Russell Davis
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Derek Russell Davis argues that mental health professionals working in a hospital or clinic setting can learn much from playwrights about the psychological processes in mental illness. Looking at such diverse characters as Orestes, Hamlet, Lear, Ophelia, Peer Gynt, Oswald Alving and Blanche Dubois, Dr Davis shows how madness in plays is put into the context of the crucial experiences in an individual's history and current relationships, and demonstrates that these stories can be a new and exciting source of insight into mental illness.
Taylor and Francis; September 2002
219 pages; ISBN 9781134789009
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Title: Scenes of Madness
Author: Derek Russell Davis
 
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