Shamans Among Us: Schizophrenia, Shamanism and the Evolutionary Origins of Religion

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Lulu.com, 1 de dez de 2012 - 288 páginas
Schizophrenia is one of the most enigmatic human experiences. While it can cause terrible distress, it doesn't fit the mold of a classic medical disease. In Shamans Among Us, Joseph Polimeni shows that today's schizophrenia patients are no less than the modern manifestation of tribal shamans, people vital to the success of early human cultures. Spanning human history and including discussions of evolution, the definition of disease, and the nature of psychosis, Shamans Among Us is the most detailed and comprehensive evolutionary theory yet assembled to explain a specific psychiatric diagnosis. "Joseph Polimeni's scholarly book challenges several traditional concepts of both evolutionary biology and medicine. I strongly recommend it to all those who dare to think outside the box." - Martin Brüne, MD, author of Textbook of Evolutionary Psychiatry.
 

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The Sculpting of Schizophrenia
15
The Schizophrenia Paradox
29
Is Schizophrenia a Disease?
49
The Silver Lining of Psychosis
75
All Things Evolution
99
The Evolutionary Origins of Religion
135
Shamanism
151
On the Edge of Insanity
169
Contemporary Delusions and Hallucinations
191
Finishing Touches
209
References
223
Index
265
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