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Chapter 1 - History of Personality and Its Disorders

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 February 2022

Peter Tyrer
Affiliation:
Imperial College London
Roger Mulder
Affiliation:
University of Otago, New Zealand
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Summary

Historical chapters in scientific books are generally dull even though they do not intend to be. There is an understandable need to record what happened in the past even though it may be quite irrelevant to what is going on today. We are frequently asked to remember George Santayana’s comment, made by many others, that ‘those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ (Santayana, 1905). But this is hardly relevant for a textbook on The Wheel. Those who concentrate on wheel technology are not going to be particularly interested, except in a voyeuristic sense, in how Neolithic people might have been able to move large blocks of stone to Stonehenge for hundreds of miles using primitive garden rollers. But with personality disorder it is different. Without some knowledge of the history of personality disorder current descriptions cannot be placed in any sort of context.

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Personality Disorder
From Evidence to Understanding
, pp. 1 - 9
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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