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American melancholy : constructions of depression in the twentieth century / Laura D. Hirshbein.

Author/creator Hirshbein, Laura D., 1967-
Format Book and Print
Publication InfoNew Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2009.
Descriptionx, 194 pages ; 24 cm.
Series Critical issues in health and medicine
Critical issues in health and medicine. ^A886083
Contents Prelude to depression -- The expanding diagnosis of depression -- American moods and the consumer solution -- Gender, depression, diagnosis, and power -- Feelings and relationships -- Epilogue: real men, real depression.
Review "Depression was not classified as a disease until the 1980 publication of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-III (DSM-III). How, then, is it that such an illness, thought to affect between 14 and 17 million Americans, was not specifically defined until the late twentieth century?" "Laura D. Hirshbein traces the growth of depression as an object of medical study and as a consumer commodity and illustrates how and why depression came to be such a huge medical, social, and cultural phenomenon. This is the first book to address gender issues in the construction of depression, explore key questions of how its diagnosis was developed, how it has been used, and how we should question its application in American society."--BOOK JACKET.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2008048083
ISBN9780813545844 (hardcover : alk. paper)
ISBN0813545846 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Standard identifier# 40017050803

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