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Infectious Madness, the Well Curve and the Microbial Roots of Mental Disturbance

March 15, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

From offended gods to broken taboos to schizophrenogenic mothers, mankind has long been enmeshed in what neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky calls the “primordial muck” of mental-illness etiology. Today, armed with clearer insights and better tools, we are undergoing a paradigm shift that acknowledges the key role of our microbial fellow passengers in forging our mental health. In this talk, based on her book Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We "Catch" Mental Illness, Harriet Washington traces the history, culture and some disturbing contemporary manifestations of this ‘infection connection."

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