‘‘An Inspired Frenzy
or Madness’’
‘‘If we observe the patient for a time,’’ wrote Emil Kraepelin, ninetee
century German psychologist and coinerof the term manic depression, ‘‘[
see that, in spite of his good education, he lies in bed for weeks
months, or sits about without feeling the slightest need of occupation
occasionally composes a letter to the doctor, expressing all kinds of
torted, half-formed ideas, with a peculiar and silly play on words, in
fair style, but with little connection. . . . As the illness developed q
gradually, it is hardly possible to fix on any particular point of time as
This book could have been used as evidence in one of K
to the repeated recognition of a series of lacks, which I then slowly be
to trace. Initially, I was interested in exploring the relationships betw
the rise of nineteenth-century racialized science and the rise of Am
can Egyptology; the final results of those explorations are seen here,
as I continued to conduct research I became aware of some signifi
gaps in the scholarship of the period. The foremost study of these in
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