Cover: Mad Travelers: Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illnesses, from Harvard University PressCover: Mad Travelers in PAPERBACK

Mad Travelers

Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illnesses

Add to Cart

Product Details

PAPERBACK

$30.00 • £24.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674009547

Publication Date: 11/30/2002

Academic Trade

256 pages

6 x 9 inches

4 halftones, 2 line illustrations

Not for sale in UK & British Commonwealth (except Canada)

Ian Hacking tells the fascinating tale of Albert Dadas, a native of France’s Bordeaux region and the first diagnosed mad traveler. Dadas suffered from a strange compulsion that led him to travel obsessively, often without identification, not knowing who he was or why he traveled. Using the records of Philippe Tissié, Dadas’s physician, Hacking attempts to make sense of this strange epidemic.

In telling this tale, Hacking raises probing questions about the nature of mental disorders, the cultural repercussions of their diagnosis, and the relevance of this century-old case study for today’s overanalyzed society.

Awards & Accolades

  • Ian Hacking Is Winner of the 2009 Holberg International Memorial Prize
Holiday Gift Guide / 30% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY20 / Learn More »

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

University Press Week logo

Celebrating University Press Week

The week of November 9–15 is University Press Week. This year’s theme is Raise UP, which highlights the role that the university press community plays in elevating authors, subjects, and whole disciplines that bring new perspectives, ideas, and voices to readers around the globe. University Presses were asked to submit titles to a reading list in keeping with this year’s theme