The Wing of Madness: The Life and Work of R.D. Laing (Paperback)
  • The Wing of Madness: The Life and Work of R.D. Laing (Paperback)
zoom

The Wing of Madness: The Life and Work of R.D. Laing (Paperback)

(author)
£26.95
Paperback 275 Pages / Published: 27/02/1998
  • Not available

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
Daniel Burston chronicles Laing's meteoric rise to fame as one of the first media psychogurus of the century, and his spiraling decline in the late seventies and eighties. Here are the successes: Laing's emergence as a unique voice on the psychiatric scene with his first book, The Divided Self, in 1960; his forthright and articulate challenges to conventional wisdom on the origins, meaning, and treatment of mental disturbances; his pioneering work on the families of schizophrenics, Sanity, Madness and the Family (coauthored with A. Esterson). Here as well are Laing's more dubious moments, personal and professional, including the bizarre experiment with psychotic patients at Kingsley Hall. Burston traces many of Laing's controversial ideas and therapeutic innovations to a difficult childhood and adolescence in Glasgow and troubling experiences as an army doctor; he also offers a measured assessment of these ideas and techniques. The R. D. Laing who emerges from these pages is a singular combination of skeptic and visionary, an original thinker whose profound contradictions have eclipsed the true merit of his work. In telling his story, Burston gives us an unforgettable portrait of an anguished human being and, in analyzing his work, recovers Laing's achievement for posterity.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674953598
Number of pages: 275
Weight: 354 g
Dimensions: 235 x 149 x 18 mm

You may also be interested in...

A History of the World in 21 Women
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
Straight Outta Crawley
Added to basket
£20.00   £15.99
Hardback
Talking With Serial Killers
Added to basket
I Am Malala
Added to basket
£7.99   £6.49
Paperback
Rebel Prince
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Kitchen Confidential
Added to basket
£10.99   £9.99
Paperback
On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures
Added to basket
Overshare
Added to basket
£16.99   £14.99
Hardback
A Better Me
Added to basket
£20.00   £15.99
Hardback
Leon and June: Our Story
Added to basket
£16.99   £12.99
Hardback
Calypso
Added to basket
£16.99
Hardback
Life in the Garden
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Cordially Invited
Added to basket
£20.00   £14.99
Hardback
The Diary of a Bookseller
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Bernard Who?
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
Roger Daltrey: Thanks a lot Mr Kibblewhite
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.