Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We

Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We "Catch" Mental Illness

A groundbreaking look at the connection between germs and mental illness, and how we can protect ourselves.

Is it possible to catch autism or OCD the same way we catch the flu? Can a child's contact with cat litter lead to schizophrenia? In her eye-opening new book, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Harriet Washington reveals that we can in fact "catch" mental illness. In INFECTIOUS MADNESS, Washington presents the new germ theory, which posits not only that many instances of Alzheimer's, OCD, and schizophrenia are caused by viruses, prions, and bacteria, but also that with antibiotics, vaccinations, and other strategies, these cases can be easily prevented or treated. Packed with cutting-edge research and tantalizing mysteries, INFECTIOUS MADNESS is rich in science, characters, and practical advice on how to protect yourself and your children from exposure to infectious threats that could sabotage your mental and physical health.

Title:Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We "Catch" Mental Illness
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780316277808
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    Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We "Catch" Mental Illness Reviews

  • Jeanette

    Picking up this book for a precise reason, which was to learn more about PANDAS. It's a condition that presents (rarely but increasing)within children. One day the 8 or 10 year old is completely norma...

  • Book Riot Community

    I have a longstanding interest in the biological underpinnings of mental illness and so couldn’t resist checking out Harriet Washington’s Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We “Ca...

  • Kat (Lost in Neverland)

    This may sound outrageous at first. The suggestion that mental illness, currently an epidemic in modern society, can be caused by bacteria and pathogens like a common cold is nearly unheard of. Gettin...

  • Sara M. Abudahab

    A well researched and thought provoking book....

  • Tea

    This book was entirely captivating to me! I love research, biology, brain health, and history. All of which are sewn throughout this novel! You can tell Mrs. Washington is a highly intelligent person!...

  • Andile The LaMaJa

    I loved this book. Washington does a great job using history, research, and other various cases to link infections with certain psychological illnesses. One thing I like about her style of writing is ...

  • Peter Mcloughlin

    couldn't get into this one. I skimmed it. No rating....

  • Maria Ryan

    Disjointed AgendaIt would have been nice if Washington could have managed to stick to ethical investigative journalism and perhaps kept to the topic at hand, the theory of how various pathogens cause ...

  • Jen Milia

    Combining a thorough review of medical and psychiatric research results with engaging case studies, Harriet Washington presents a compelling case for the biological basis of prevalent mental health di...

  • Robin Riedstra

    I found this book fascinating. I particularly enjoyed the section on pre-Freudian ideas and treatment of mental illness. My only criticism would be an over use on reporting on the reporting of studies...