Action And Worth Reading
issue 209 - July 1990
Worth reading on... MADNESS
The work of Dorothy Rowe is clear, beautifully written and much more satisfying (though longer) than most of the DIY mental health guides. Try her Beyond Fear (Fontana/Cotlins 1987). Sudhir Kakar's fascinating Shamans, Mystics and Doctors (Mandata Books 1982) shows how to cross cultural divides. The medical authority is Julian Leff Psychiatry Around the Globe (Gaskell/Royal College of Psychiatrists 1988). But read Suman Fernando's Race and Culture in Psychiatry (Tavistock/Routledge 1988) immediately afterwards. For compulsive readers, two classics still retain their power today. Michel Foucault's Madness and Civilization (Tavistock/ Routledge 1967) is intriguing, Eurocentric and almost understandable. Franz Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth (Penguin 1967) is the best book ever likely to be written about the impact of colonial domination on human feeling.
World Federation for Mental Health,
1021 Prince Street, Alexandria, Virginia 2231 4-2971, USA.
Tel: (703) 684 7722.
Mental Health Foundation,
P0 Box 37-438, Parnel, Auckland.
Tel: (09) 303 1517.
Canterbury Association for Mental Health,
P0 Box 13502, Christchurch.
Tel: (03) 663 225.
Association of Relatives and Friends of the Mentally Ill (ARAFOMI),
Wicks Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113.
Tel: (02) 805 1883.
Mental Health Association,
62 Victoria Road, Gladesville, NSW 2111.
Tel: (612) 816 1611.
Macquarie Hospital, North Ryde, NSW 2113.
Tel: (02) 878 2053.
P0 Box 236, Prahran, Vic 3141.
Tel: (03) 521 2433.
394 Euclid Ave, Toronto, Ont M6G 259.
Tel: (416) 929 2079.
2054 Broad St, Regina, Sask S4P 1Y3.
Tel: (306) 525 2613.
7401 St Hubert, Montreal, Quebec H2R 2N4.
Tel: (514) 271 1653.
MIND (National Association for Mental Health),
22 Harley Street, London W1N 2E0.
Tel: (071) 637 0741.
The Richmond Fellowship,
8 Addison Road, Kensington, London W14 8DL.
Tel: (071) 603 6373.
Women in Special Hospitals (WISH),
25 Horsell Road, London N5 1XL.
Tel: (071) 609 7463.
Coalition Against Psychiatric Oppression,
David Oaks, P0 Box 11284, Eugene, OR 97440.
Tel: (503) 341 0100.
National Association of Psychiatric Survivors,
P0 Box 618, Sioux Falls, SD 57101 0618.
Tel: (605) 332 9124.
National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy,
c/a Bill Johnson, MHAM, 328 E Hennepin Ave, 2nd Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
Tel: (612) 331 6840.
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the July 1990 issue
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