Book Review: The Arctic Hysterias

Source: Astral Codex Ten.

The writer continues his exploration of the topic of culture-bound mental illness.

I wonder if some sort of synthesis eventually might be feasible. It might be helpful to know, for example, whether perceptions of equality/inequality correlate to some sort of psychological range in which health and illness represent the opposite extremes.

But that’s an aside. For now, just establishing that mental states are caused to some degree by the society in which one lives, or by the society to which one becomes exposed, is the challenge.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Arctic Hysterias

  1. The first paragraph is largely plagiarized from “The Cremation of Dan McGee” by Robert Service.

    ‘There are strange things done neath the midnight sun by the men who moil for gold,
    and the artic trails know such tales as will make your blood run cold,
    and the Northern Lights have seen strange sights, but the strangest they ever did see, was the night on the marge of Lake LeBarge when I cremated Dan McGee.’

    Or at least that’s the best I can remember it. It’s a very long poem.

    My dad used to recite Robert Service from memory on long car drives to keep us entertained.

    Great memories.

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    1. RE: “The first paragraph is largely plagiarized from ‘The Cremation of Dan McGee’ by Robert Service.”

      The words sounded familiar to me, but I couldn’t place them. I thought they might be lyrics to a folk song recorded by Oscar Brand.

      Thanks for the reference.


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