alexa The Names of Madness
ISSN: 2329-9126

Journal of General Practice
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The Names of Madness

Wylie Jones Jordan*

Travis County Medical Society and The Texas Association of Psychiatric Physicians, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Wylie Jones Jordan
Travis County Medical Society and The Texas Association of Psychiatric Physicians
Tel: 52-74 44-82-10-40
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: September 22, 2016; Accepted date: October 06, 2016; Published date: October 17, 2016

Citation: Jordan WJ (2016) The Management of Madness. J Gen Pract (Los Angel) 4:270. doi:10.4172/2329-9126.1000270

Copyright: © 2016 Jordan WJ. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Roman physician Claudius Galen recognized two types of disabling mental illness, madness and melancholia. He believed these disorders were caused by humoral imbalance and often prescribed bleeding as a method of relieving the most severe symptoms. Many other methods of symptom control have been tried and the names have changed and multiplied, but the causes are no better known today than they were to Galen. 'Madness' (now several kinds of schizophrenia) is filed under international code #295 and 'mania' (an even greater number of named mood disorders) under #296. ‘What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’ Wm. Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)


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