Why is insanity glorified?

Nervous and mental illnesses

Social Pathology pp 256-355 | Cite as


It is also advisable from the point of view of a socio-pathological perspective to maintain the separation of the nervous diseases, which are usually caused by external influences and have organically detectable pathological changes, from the predominantly endogenously based neuroses and psychoses. The nervous diseases with demonstrable organic changes are not nearly as important from a social point of view as the others. In the middle between the two groups is chronic alcoholism. The fact that this disease, which is socially so extremely important, cannot be classified in the two groups mentioned above, shows that this division is not essentially justified, but is only constructed for the purpose of provisional orientation.

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