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Description - The Mystic Mind by Bernard S. Bachrach

A fascinating collaboration between a medieval historian and a professor of psychiatry, this enthralling book applies modern biological and psychological research findings to the lives of medieval mystics and ascetics. Drawing upon a database of over 1,400 medieval holy persons and in-depth studies of individual saints, this illuminating study examines the relationship between medieval mystical experiences, the religious practices of mortification; laceration of the flesh, sleep deprivation and extreme starvation, and how these actions produced altered states of consciousness and brain function in the heroic ascetics. Examining and disputing much contemporary writing about the political and gender motivations in the medieval quest for a closeness with God, this is essential reading for anyone with an interest in medieval religion or the effects of self-injurious behaviour on the mind.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415340502
ISBN-10: 0415340500
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 12-Apr-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bernard S. Bachrach

Jerome Kroll is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He is the author of The Challenge of the Borderline Patient (1988) and co-author, with Sir Martin Roth, of The Reality of Mental Illness (1986). Bernard Bachrach is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. He has written or edited fifteen books and over one hundred articles on medieval history, including several studies on medieval mental illness in collaboration with Jerome Kroll.

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