Annals of Indian Psychiatry

: 2017  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 133--135

The divine madness: A history of schizophrenia

Amey Yeshwant Angane 
 Department of Psychiatry, KEM Hospital and Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Amey Yeshwant Angane
Department of Psychiatry, KEM Hospital and Seth GS Medical College, Acharya Donde Marg, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra

The nonspecific concept of “madness” has been there for thousands of years. In antiquity, people thought of “madness” in terms of divine punishment or demonic possession. It was only during early Renaissance that people took this phenomenon seriously and termed it as an illness. It is due to the efforts of a cluster of scientists and psychiatrists that has led to unraveling of schizophrenia as a mental illness characterised by delusions and hallucinations. As postgraduates, it is important to know how the mystery unfolded and how it has overcome infinite obstacles. This article throws light on how we can learn from history and not deceive ourselves when we selectively take evidence from the past to justify our beliefs. The knowledge of history helps us to understand the disease itself as well as help us understand the chronology of the events leading to the evolution of the enigmatic disorder and its elusive treatment strategies.

How to cite this article:
Angane AY. The divine madness: A history of schizophrenia.Ann Indian Psychiatry 2017;1:133-135

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Angane AY. The divine madness: A history of schizophrenia. Ann Indian Psychiatry [serial online] 2017 [cited 2021 Aug 3 ];1:133-135
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