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  • Published: 18 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262045384
  • Imprint: MIT Press Academic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $62.99

Mad by the Millions

Mental Disorders and the Early Years of the World Health Organization



The World Health Organization's post-World War II work on the epidemiology and classification of mental disorders and its vision of a "world psyche."

The World Health Organization's post-World War II work on the epidemiology and classification of mental disorders and its vision of a "world psyche."

In 1946, the World Health Organization undertook a project in social psychiatry that aimed to discover the epidemiology and classification of mental disorders. In Mad by the Millions, Harry Y-Jui Wu examines the WHO's ambitious project, arguing that it was shaped by the postwar faith in technology and expertise and the universalizing vision of a "world psyche." Wu shows that the WHO's idealized scientific internationalism laid the foundations of today's highly highly metricalized global mental health system.

  • Published: 18 May 2021
  • ISBN: 9780262045384
  • Imprint: MIT Press Academic
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $62.99

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