mental illness

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Medicine for madness

I relate to physical sickness more easily than mental illness. So does our culture.

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Take & Read: American religious history

Grant Wacker recommends the best recently published books in his field.

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A teenage killer’s brain

A review of Sue Klebold

You can never fully know your child’s interior life. You cannot know the measure of sadness or rage that may be unfolding within them.

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Revelation, by Dennis Covington

Dennis Covington is famous for seeking faith in extreme places. Twenty years ago it was the snake-handling, poison-drinking Christians of southern Appa­lachia.

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Exporting mental illness

An impoverished doctor in an Alpine valley of hearty people, lures a naive country boy into his examining room, shows him frightening anatomical charts of the mysteries within, and awakens fears about hiccups and hair loss, acne and gas pains. According to this old French fable, the boy leaves clutching a bottle of medicine and carrying alarming stories to pass along.