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

March 15, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York,

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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