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American Melancholy
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In American Melancholy, Laura D. Hirshbein traces the growth of depression as an object of medical study and as a consumer commodity and illustrates how and why depression came to be such a huge medical, social, and cultural phenomenon. This is the first book to address gender issues in the construction of depression, explores key questions of how its diagnosis was developed, how it has been used, and how we should question its application in American society.

Table of Contents

  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Chapter 1. Prelude to Depression
  2. pp. 9-26
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  1. Chapter 2. The Expanding Diagnosis of Depression
  2. pp. 27-56
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  1. Chapter 3. American Moods and the Consumer Solution
  2. pp. 57-76
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  1. Chapter 4. Gender, Depression, Diagnosis, and Power
  2. pp. 77-106
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  1. Chapter 5. Feelings and Relationships
  2. pp. 107-126
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  1. Epilogue: Real Men, Real Depression
  2. pp. 127-134
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 135-190
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 191-194
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 195-195
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