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‘Is everyone mad?’ The depiction of mental disturbance in the work of Dostoyevsky

  • Allan Beveridge
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This article examines how madness is depicted in the work of Dostoyevsky. It gives a brief account of Dostoyevsky's life before looking at the many ways in which he portrayed insanity. It suggests that he provided a sophisticated and complex picture of mental illness which has relevance for how contemporary clinicians conceive of psychiatric illness.

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Allan Beveridge, Queen Margaret Hospital, Whitefield Road, Dunfermline, Fife KY12 OSU, UK. Email: allan.beveridge@faht.scot.nhs.uk
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‘Is everyone mad?’ The depiction of mental disturbance in the work of Dostoyevsky

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