For a long time, the mentally ill were dumb and mute in literature. Inarticulacy surrounded those lumped together as Bedlamites: Jane Eyre’s classic “madwoman” in the attic, for instance, served as little more than a plot device, a thing to fear and loathe that got in the way of a Gothic romance.
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Friday 02 March 2012
Chance discovery of link between acne drug and psychosis may unlock secrets of mental illness
Jeremy Laurance: 'Wireless medicine' helps solve one of doctors' biggest problems - getting patients to take drugs
Friday 17 February 2012
Such implantable devices could save some people with schizophrenia from losing their minds
Friday 03 February 2012
Tuesday 10 January 2012
As a psychiatric orderly, Dennis O'Donnell encountered violence and despair – but also strength and compassion. His new book offers a moving insight into this unseen and little reported world
Friday 06 January 2012
There's something about January that brings out my inner housewife. Not that I have a sudden urge to iron pillowcases, you understand; simply that I'd rather not have to get up and go to work. I can only imagine how this malaise really starts to pinch when going to work also entails leaving behind small people who dote on you and want to hold your hand all day and going to work is an irritating eight hours away from a home that takes 24 hours to maintain.
Friday 23 December 2011
A man who pushed a leading human rights lawyer in front of a Tube train was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey yesterday.
Saturday 17 December 2011
Patrick Cockburn pays his tribute to the wit, warmth, and humanity of his friend Christopher Hitchens
Friday 16 December 2011
A man who killed his girlfriend by putting a plastic bag over her head was jailed for 10 years today.
Monday 12 December 2011
For a country that – in the eyes of many outsiders – unashamedly celebrates people who get their hands on great wealth, Americans can be oddly touchy on the subject of money.
Friday 09 December 2011
When Colin MacIntyre was a young man on Mull, he’d look out at the Atlantic dark and feel he was on the edge of the world.
Wednesday 26 October 2011
Cannabis causes chaos in the brain as nerve activity becomes uncoordinated and inaccurate, a study has found.
Friday 26 August 2011
The shortlist meeting for the awards this year was record-breakingly lengthy and no wonder, what with a rather unwieldy list of eight newcomer nominees. Many of the buzz acts made the cut, and of the main six nominees (Adam Riches, Andrew Maxwell, Chris Ramsey, Josie Long, Nick Helm and Sam Simmons), four have already been reviewed on this page and Simmons is covered below.
Tuesday 14 June 2011
A former Russian army colonel convicted of the torture and murder of an 18-year-old Chechen girl was given a hero's burial yesterday, after he was shot dead by unknown attackers in Moscow last week.
Thursday 28 April 2011
The trees are in bud, the hedgerows full of blossom and lambs are gambolling in the fields – but spring may be the worst time for human babies to be born.
Wednesday 27 April 2011
As a dumpy, frumpy,almost willfully unsexual girl from Brixton, with braces on her teeth, Poly Styrene was a perfect candidate to find herself through punk; turning this personaon its head into an art form, she became one of the movement's principal female figures, her song "Oh Bondage, Up Yours!" a feminist rallying cry.
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star dies at age 45