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Thu, Oct 30, 2014


Thursday, September 11, 2014

12:30pm
to
2:00pm
  Psychiatry Grand Rounds  
(Grand Rounds)

SPEAKER: Michael Fontaine, PhD, Associate Professor of Classics and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Cornell University.

TITLE: “On Being Sane in an Insane Place”-The Rosenhan Experiment in the Laboratory of Plautus’ Epidamnus

DESCRIPTION: Plautus’ Roman comedy Menaechmi (The Two Menaechmuses) of c. 200 BC anticipates in fictional form the famous Rosenhan experiment of 1973, a landmark critique of psychiatric diagnosis. An analysis of the scenes of feigned madness and psychiatric examination suggests that the play (and the earlier Greek play from which it was adapted) offers two related ethical reflections, one on the validity of psychiatric diagnoses, the other on the validity of the entire medical model of insanity—that is, of the popular notion and political truth that mental illness is a (bodily) disease “like any other.” This essay is offered as a contribution to the interpretation of the play as well as to the history of psychiatry.


Location: PBS Building, TU#3, 2nd Flr
Price: Free
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Contact: Cassie Read
E-Mail: readc@upstate.edu
464-1706
   
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