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Medication Madness

Medication Madness

A Psychiatrist Exposes the Dangers of Mood-Altering Medications

  • Author: Peter R. Breggin, M.D.
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • ISBN: 146682395X
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 400
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Medications for everything from depression and anxiety to ADHD and insomnia are being prescribed in alarming numbers across the country, but the "cure" is often worse than the original problem. Medication Madness is a fascinating, frightening, and dramatic look at the role that psychiatric medications have played in fifty cases of suicide, murder, and other violent, criminal, and bizarre behaviors. As a psychiatrist who believes in holding people responsible for their conduct, the weight of scientific evidence and years of clinical experience eventually convinced Dr. Breggin that psychiatric drugs frequently cause individuals to lose their judgment and their ability to control their emotions and actions. Medication Madness raises and examines the issues surrounding personal responsibility when behavior seems driven by drug-induced adverse reactions and intoxication. Dr. Breggin personally evaluated the cases in the book in his role as a treating psychiatrist, consultant or medical expert. He interviewed survivors and witnesses, and reviewed extensive medical, occupational, educational and police records. The great majority of individuals lived exemplary lives and committed no criminal or bizarre actions prior to taking the psychiatric medications. Medication Madness reads like a medical thriller, true crime story, and courtroom drama; but it is firmly based in the latest scientific research and dozens of case studies. The lives of the children and adults in these stories, as well as the lives of their families and their victims, were thrown into turmoil and sometimes destroyed by the unanticipated effects of psychiatric drugs. In some cases our entire society was transformed by the tragic outcomes. Many categories of psychiatric drugs can cause potentially horrendous reactions. Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Xanax, lithium, Zyprexa and other psychiatric medications may spellbind patients into believing they are improved when too often they are becoming worse. Psychiatric drugs drive some people into psychosis, mania, depression, suicide, agitation, compulsive violence and loss of self-control without the individuals realizing that their medications have deformed their way of thinking and feeling. This book documents how the FDA, the medical establishment and the pharmaceutical industry have over-sold the value of psychiatric drugs. It serves as a cautionary tale about our reliance on potentially dangerous psychoactive chemicals to relieve our emotional problems and provides a positive approach to taking personal charge of our lives.

Explorations in Medicine, Evolution, and Mind

Explorations in Medicine, Evolution, and Mind

  • Author: Anab Whitehouse
  • Publisher: Bilquees Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 511
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This book explores a variety of topics in science, ranging from: Evolution and neurobiology, to: Cancer research, SSRIs, the HIV-AIDS issue, as well as various facets of methodology. Whatever your present thoughts might be concerning the foregoing topics, after reading ‘Explorations in Medicine, Evolution and Mind’, you might be willing to entertain the idea of revising certain aspects of your understanding in relation to the aforementioned areas of research.

Varieties of Psychological Inquiry - Volume 1

Varieties of Psychological Inquiry - Volume 1

  • Author: Anab Whitehouse
  • Publisher: Bilquees Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 432
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'Varieties of Psychological Inquiry' (Volumes 1 and 2) consists of twenty-five essays (distributed across two volumes) that venture into various facets of psychology - ranging from: Freud. Jung and Sullivan, to: Piaget, Sheldrake, and beyond. Among the topics explored are: Anxiety, dissociation, abuse, charisma, developmental psychology, the 'God gene', SSRIs, memory, chronobiology, neurobiology, consciousness, and holographic theories of mind. While no particular theory of psychology is espoused during the pages of this two volume work, a variety of theoretical and empirical issues are critically explored and reflected upon in considerable detail. In a sense, the direction in which the essays in these two books point is toward epistemological horizons where what is known (possibly) seeks to merge with what is not, yet, known.

Der Tag, an dem meine Tochter verrückt wurde

Der Tag, an dem meine Tochter verrückt wurde

Eine wahre Geschichte

  • Author: Michael Greenberg
  • Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe
  • ISBN: 3455850812
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 285
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Michael Greenberg ist Schriftsteller und führt ein mehr oder weniger geordnetes Leben in New York. Doch dann wird seine Tochter krank - und die Welt um ihn gerät ins Wanken. Der eindrucksvoll erzählte Bericht eines Vaters, der um sein Kind kämpft. Ein heißer Tag in Manhattan. Michael Greenberg sieht ein Polizeiauto vor seinem Wohnhaus parken. Dass oben zwei Polizisten damit beschäftigt sind, seine von Visionen geschüttelte Tochter zur Ruhe zu bringen, erfährt er erst später. Es ist der Beginn eines langen Weges, den er zu gehen hat, um sein Kind in die Wirklichkeit zurückzuholen. "Ich habe das Gefühl zu reisen, aber ohne Möglichkeit zur Umkehr", sagt Sally. Ihr Vater folgt ihr auf dieser "Reise", die sie unter anderem durch die Psychiatrie führt, hin zu einem halbwegs "normalen" Leben. Ein anrührendes Buch, das einen ganz eigenen Sog ausübt. "Seine Genauigkeit, seine Tiefe, sein Reichtum und seine Klugheit machen dieses Buch zu einem Klassiker." Oliver Sacks

Feuer im Kopf

Feuer im Kopf

Meine Zeit des Wahnsinns

  • Author: Susannah Cahalan
  • Publisher: FinanzBuch Verlag
  • ISBN: 3864155029
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 288
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Susannah Cahalan ist jung, attraktiv, frisch verliebt, eine aufstrebende Journalistin – und gerät über Nacht in den schlimmsten Albtraum ihres Lebens. Innerhalb kürzester Zeit erkrankt sie schwer, leidet an Wahnvorstellungen und wird binnen weniger Wochen zum Schwerstpflegefall in der Psychiatrie. Vollgepumpt mit Medikamenten wird sie ans Bett gefesselt und vegetiert vor sich hin – dem Tod näher als dem Leben. Doch ihre Familie gibt nicht auf bis endlich der renommierte Neurologe Souhel Najjar hinzugezogen wird. Er findet heraus, dass Susannah an einer erst vor kurzem entdeckten Autoimmunerkrankung leidet, in deren Verlauf der Körper das eigene Gehirn angreift und Symptome wie Schizophrenie, Autismus und Wahnvorstellungen erzeugt. Einmal richtig diagnostiziert, sorgen die geeigneten Medikamente rasch und dauerhaft für Genesung und Susannah gewinnt ihr Leben zurück. Ihre Schilderung des Leidensweges ist eine bewegende und aufregende Geschichte über Familie, Liebe, Hoffnung und darüber, wie sich ein perfektes Leben innerhalb kürzester Zeit in eine Katastrophe verwandeln kann. Ein fesselndes Buch, das man nicht aus der Hand legen kann, bis die letzte Seite verschlungen ist.

Happiness Is Just a Bowl of Choices

Happiness Is Just a Bowl of Choices

  • Author: Michael Rice,Michael Rice Lisac
  • Publisher: Madeira Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 1449500897
  • Category: Self-Help
  • Page: 190
  • View: 6177
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For the most part, unhappiness is the result of not having the relationship that you want to have with the important people in your life. It has nothing to do with a chemical imbalance of the brain as claimed by TV advertising, doctors, or psychiatrists. No medical tests exist that can determine if there is a chemical imbalance in your brain. Happiness is Just a Bowl of Choices will help you understand the manner in which your brain functions; why you experience unhappiness; and how you can be your own therapist to resolve your unhappiness without the use of brain drugs. You will discover three choices to resolve your unhappiness, any one of which will lead you to happiness. This is a book is about mental health and not mental illness and what you can do to help yourself acquire and maintain happiness in your life.

The Holistic Cat

The Holistic Cat

A Complete Guide to Wellness for a Healthier, Happier Cat

  • Author: Jennifer A. Coscia,Don Hamilton
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • ISBN: 1556437668
  • Category: Health & Fitness
  • Page: 201
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"Offers information on how to raise a cat in a healthy, stress-free, and safe environment, with a focus on disease prevention and including rescue stories and photos"--Provided by publisher.

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

Psychiatric Drug Withdrawal

A Guide for Prescribers, Therapists, Patients and their Families

  • Author: Peter R. Breggin, MD
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 082610844X
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 352
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This is the first book to establish guidelines and to assist prescribers and therapists in withdrawing their patients from psychiatric drugs, including those patients with long-term exposure to antipsychotic drugs, benzodiazepines, stimulants, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers. It describes a method developed by the author throughout years of clinical experience, consultations with experienced colleagues, and scientific research. Based on a person-centered collaborative approach, with patients as partners, this method builds on a cooperative and empathic team effort involving prescribers, therapists, patients, and their families or support network. The author, known for such books as Talking Back to Prozac, Toxic Psychiatry, and Medication Madness, is a lifelong reformer and scientist in mental health whose work has brought about significant change in psychiatric practice. This book provides critical information about when to consider psychiatric drug reduction or withdrawal, and how to accomplish it as safely, expeditiously, and comfortably as possible. It offers the theoretical framework underlying this approach along with extensive scientific information, practical advice, and illustrative case studies that will assist practitioners in multiple ways, including in how to: Recognize common and sometimes overlooked adverse drug effects that may require withdrawal Treat emergencies during drug therapy and during withdrawal Determine the first drugs to withdraw during multi-drug therapy Distinguish between withdrawal reactions, newly occurring emotional problems, and recurrence of premedication issues Estimate the length of withdrawal

Interactive Group Learning

Interactive Group Learning

Strategies for Nurse Educators, Second Edition

  • Author: Deborah L. Ulrich, PhD, RN,Kellie J. Glendon, MSN, RN, C
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
  • ISBN: 9780826131065
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 154
  • View: 779
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Designated a Doody's Core Title! Does your teaching style need a "make-over" or at the very least a "touch-up"? This is the book you have been waiting for: It explains the theory / rationale for changing to an interactive method of teaching It is filled with ideas you can read today, integrate into your existing plans, and implement in your classroom tomorrow It explains specific strategies such as: writing prompts, games, drawing, photographs, "unfolding cases", crsosswords, fishbone, focused questions, and more It includes innovative methods which will ignite your own creativity and put the "spark" back in your teaching It includes ideas you can use in clinical settings as well as in the classroom Developed by experienced nurse educators, each chapter show how to implement innovative, cooperative group teaching methods that make students active participants in learning rather than passive recipients of information. Based on a Comprehensive Group Learning Model, the experiential learning techniques described in the book are designed to encourage students to think, analyze, problem solve, communicate, and reflect on their own abilities.

In the Fellowship of His Suffering

In the Fellowship of His Suffering

A Theological Interpretation of Mental Illness—A Focus on “Schizophrenia”

  • Author: Elahe Hessamfar
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1630874671
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 390
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"Schizophrenia" is by many accounts the most devastating illness of our time. In this book, Elahe Hessamfar uses her personal encounter with her daughter's illness to bring the reader to experience the pain and anguish of those who suffer so intensely. She candidly discusses the gripping and dark realities her family has faced in the midst of this journey and exposes that the ride isn't easy, but it can be fruitful and purposeful, and it can be a journey of joy and peace if understood from the intended perspective. This is a fascinating and deeply theological portrayal of madness under the mighty hand of God. It challenges and awakens the reader to a heightened awareness about self, community, pain, brokenness, sin, grace, and redemption. This is the first truly biblically based, theological interpretation of madness in conversation with psychiatry and social sciences. Hessamfar passionately discusses the shortcomings of our current medical model of mental illness and directs the reader's attention to the mistreatment of those the medical community labels with "schizophrenia." She argues that not only is "schizophrenia" not pathological but it touches on the most fundamental fragilities of the human soul, and hence, it is a critical pastoral issue. Hessamfar offers tangible, inspiring, and life-changing solutions for those dealing with this most elusive and mysterious phenomenon--solutions that would bring hope and healing to the hopeless people chained in the abyss of madness.

Medicine, Madness and Social History

Medicine, Madness and Social History

Essays in Honour of Roy Porter

  • Author: R. Bivins,J. Pickstone
  • Publisher: Springer
  • ISBN: 0230235352
  • Category: Science
  • Page: 295
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Written in honour of eminent historian Roy Porter by twenty of his colleagues and students, the collection renders cutting edge scholarship accessible. Historians from the three fields that Porter made his own - the histories of medicine, madness, and the Enlightenment - illustrate his influence while tackling major themes ranging from disability rights to the popularization of science. In their accounts, artisan gardeners jostle with anarchists, dentists, and hypnotists in a lively, and very Porterian, parade.

The Noonday Demon

The Noonday Demon

An Atlas Of Depression

  • Author: Andrew Solomon
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1451676883
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 576
  • View: 4877
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With uncommon humanity, candor, wit, and erudition, award-winning author Andrew Solomon takes the reader on a journey of incomparable range and resonance into the most pervasive of family secrets. His contribution to our understanding not only of mental illness but also of the human condition is truly stunning. The Noonday Demon examines depression in personal, cultural, and scientific terms. Drawing on his own struggles with the illness and interviews with fellow sufferers, doctors and scientists, policymakers and politicians, drug designers and philosophers, Solomon reveals the subtle complexities and sheer agony of the disease. He confronts the challenge of defining the illness and describes the vast range of available medications, the efficacy of alternative treatments, and the impact the malady has had on various demographic populations around the world and throughout history. He also explores the thorny patch of moral and ethical questions posed by emerging biological explanations for mental illness. The depth of human experience Solomon chronicles, the range of his intelligence, and his boundless curiosity and compassion will change the reader's view of the world.

The Good Nurse

The Good Nurse

A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder

  • Author: Charles Graeber
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 178239348X
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 300
  • View: 2356
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'...aside from the murders , Charles Cullen might have been a pretty good nurse...' The true story of the most prolific serial killer in US history, The Good Nurse is 'a stunning book... that should and does bring to mind In Cold Blood' New York Times After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed 'The Angel of Death' by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favourite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history. Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Investigative journalist Charles Graeber's portrait of Cullen depicts a surprisingly intelligent and complicated young man whose promising career was overwhelmed by his compulsion to kill, and whose shy demeanor masked a twisted interior life hidden even to his family and friends. Were it not for the hardboiled, unrelenting work of two former Newark homicide detectives racing to put together the pieces of Cullen's professional past, and a fellow nurse willing to put everything at risk, including her job and the safety of her children, there's no telling how many more lives could have been lost. In the tradition of In Cold Blood, The Good Nurse does more than chronicle Cullen's deadly career and the breathless efforts to stop him; it paints an incredibly vivid portrait of madness and offers an urgent, terrifying tale of murder, friendship and betrayal.

Dante's Cure

Dante's Cure

A Journey Out of Madness

  • Author: Daniel Dorman
  • Publisher: Other Press, LLC
  • ISBN: 9781590511015
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 266
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" . . . here your will is upright, free, and whole, and you would be in error not to heed whatever your own impulse prompts you to: lord of yourself I crown and mitre you." Dante,The PurgatorioCatherine, nineteen years old and suffering from severe schizophrenia, sat in a mental hospital—mute, catatonic, and hearing voices. Her psychiatrist, Dr. Daniel Dorman, was convinced that his patient's psychotic behavior was rooted not merely in chemical imbalances but rather in the dramatic circumstances of her family history. He was therefore determined to avoid the mind-numbing medications that had been so detrimental to Catherine's well being. Dorman fought adamant opposition and criticism from his peers and superiors for a chance to guide Catherine out of madness. As much the story of a young doctor finding his own path in a controversial new world of antipsychotic drugs, where patients' advocates have nowhere to turn,Dante's Cureis the true account of a therapeutic process that took place six days a week, for seven years. Thanks to Dorman's devotion, persistence, and self-understanding of his role as a therapist aware of his own limitations, Catherine was able to set out on a life of her own. She is now a psychiatric nurse in southern California living free of medication; she speaks out on behalf of patient rights and humanity in the medical profession. Dorman re-creates Catherine's early life and the onset of her illness in striking detail, covering her treatment prior to his meeting her as a resident at UCLA Hospital, through her recovery and work as a nurse and activist. Dante's Cureoffers a story of courage and hope. It reveals how madness is inherent to the human condition and therefore ought to be treated as such. To restore patients' trust in their power to recover, rather than robbing them of their agency in the name of medical knowledge, is the true moral of this remarkable journey out of madness.

A Journey Out of Madness

A Journey Out of Madness

  • Author: Alistair McIntyre
  • Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing ltd
  • ISBN: 1849910693
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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DescriptionAlistair McIntyre has written a beautifully simple moving account of the different elements that aided his recovery from schizophrenia. He starts of with a description of his illness, moves on to his medication, the roles he holds as a volunteer, student, as well as pursuing his hobby of sea angling. This book is one of real hope and a must read for all who have had there life touched by mental ill health.About the AuthorAlistair McIntyre was born in September 1964. Throughout his school education he attended 6 different schools and left at the age of fifteen in 1980. Most of his working life he was employed as a painter and decorator. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1994 and had three hospital admissions because of this mental illness. He has been married twice and lives with his wife Tracey. He has a daughter Rachel from his first marriage and a granddaughter Bethany. He is now in recovery and hoping to go back to work in mental health as a peer support worker.

The Image of Madness

The Image of Madness

The Public Facing Mental Illness and Psychiatric Treatment

  • Author: J. Guimón,Werner Fischer
  • Publisher: Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers
  • ISBN: 3805568460
  • Category: Medical
  • Page: 246
  • View: 3071
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Negative moral judgements seem to have been a constant fixture in the way societies and cultures have regarded groups displaying deviant behavior. This is particularly true of the mentally ill. Stereotypes are most ingrained for mental pathologies with heightened visibility in society, such as schizophrenia. Preconceived notions about danger, occult powers and mysterious malevolence which hover over the illness, contribute to the total debasement of the patient. Persons suffering from other forms of mental illness are stigmatized to a lesser degree. But the threat is real that labeling will extend to every endeavor linked to mental illness: care facilities, professionals, therapies in general and psychotropic medication in particular. Lay belief in the existence of important side-effects to this medication and public fears about the risk of addiction form the basis of very restricted, or even hostile, attitudes towards it and result in weak compliance. Inversely, psychotherapy now seems widely accepted and different forms of intervention have contributed to de-stigmatizing psychiatric illness and to stop the exclusion of patients. This book is of interest not only to psychiatrists, but also to mental health workers, psychologists, social scientists and social workers who wish to alter common precepts and prejudices regarding psychiatric disorders.

Beyond Madness

Beyond Madness

Psychosocial Interventions in Psychosis

  • Author: Joseph H. Berke
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781853028892
  • Category: Psychology
  • Page: 288
  • View: 4755
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A major question facing therapists today is how to treat psychosis effectively while maintaining patients' dignity, self-respect and their psychological and social functioning. This book provides important and engaging accounts of the special personal and interpersonal care offered by the Arbours Crisis Centre and kindred facilities.

Flirting with Madness

Flirting with Madness

  • Author: Lecturer in Law Louise Ellison
  • Publisher: Chipmunkapublishing ltd
  • ISBN: 1849912459
  • Category:
  • Page: 76
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Description'Flirting with Madness, ' focuses upon the mental illnesses, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Depression. 'Flirting with Madness' is written under the pen name of Louise Ellison. This is due to the confidentiality of her occupation and to protect the identities of those she is close to. This book is a raw and honest account of her experiences as a sufferer of mental illness, told in a sensitive and wry manner. It focuses upon the relationship between counsellor Maggie and Louise. It was Maggie's use of Dialectical Behavioural Therapy that provided Louise with the skills to deal with the possibility of living with BPD in conjunction with OCD and Depression. Alongside the details of therapy sessions, 'Flirting with Madness, ' contains unedited diary entries that provide the reader with honest and accurate thoughts of a mental health sufferer. 'Flirting with Madness' is the words of a young woman struggling to find her identity in the world and make sense of what is 'normal' whilst trying to stay on the correct side of the borderline. I hope you enjoy this honest account. About the AuthorLouise Ellison is a pen name chosen to protect the identities of those she loves and the confidentiality of her profession. She is a sufferer of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression and undergone treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder. Born in 1985, in Northern England, Louise has suffered with mental illness since she was an infant and has been through the adolescent and adult mental health services. Louise Ellison graduated from The University of Teesside with a 2:1 hons in Criminology with Law and has worked in the Criminal Justice System for over 8 years within the Prison Service and Youth Offending Service. Heavily influenced by the new wave music and literature movement, Louise is liberal in her political views. Louise is also a keen musician who plays bass and sings a band from the north of England.

Complete Domestic Medicine

Complete Domestic Medicine

A Treatise on the Prevention and Cure of Diseases by Regimen and Simple Medicines

  • Author: William Buchan
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Medicine, Popular
  • Page: 760
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Jungle Fever

Jungle Fever

Exploring Madness and Medicine in Twentieth-century Tropical Narratives

  • Author: Charlotte Rogers
  • Publisher: Vanderbilt University Press
  • ISBN: 0826518311
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 234
  • View: 1903
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The sinister "jungle"--that ill-defined and amorphous place where civilization has no foothold and survival is always in doubt--is the terrifying setting for countless works of the imagination. Films like Apocalypse Now, television shows like Lost, and of course stories like Heart of Darkness all pursue the essential question of why the unknown world terrifies adventurer and spectator alike. In Jungle Fever, Charlotte Rogers goes deep into five books that first defined the jungle as a violent and maddening place. The reader finds urban explorers venturing into the wilderness, encountering and living among the "native" inhabitants, and eventually losing their minds. The canonical works of authors such as Joseph Conrad, Andre Malraux, Jose Eustasio Rivera, and others present jungles and wildernesses as fundamentally corrupting and dangerous. Rogers explores how the methods these authors use to communicate the physical and psychological maladies that afflict their characters evolved symbiotically with modern medicine. While the wilderness challenges Conrad's and Malraux's European travelers to question their civility and mental stability, Latin American authors such as Alejo Carpentier deftly turn pseudoscientific theories into their greatest asset, as their characters transform madness into an essential creative spark. Ultimately, Jungle Fever suggests that the greatest horror of the jungle is the unknown regions of the character's own mind.