The pathology of suicide: between insanity and morality

Eva Yampolsky is a PhD student in the history of psychiatry at the Institute of the History of Medicine (University of Lausanne) and a Swiss National Science Foundation research fellow at the Centre Alexandre Koyré in Paris. Her research focuses … Continue reading

Post-Referendum Depression

Dr Julie V. Gottlieb is Reader in Modern History at the University of Sheffield, and the author of ‘Guilty Women’, Foreign Policy, and Appeasement in Inter-War Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).  In this post, originally published on the University of Sheffield’s ‘History … Continue reading

Love, Pain, Ecstasy, and Murder: An Emotional Christmas

As 2013 draws to a close, here is a festive offering from the History of Emotions Blog – our twelve most read new posts of 2013 . We wish our readers a happy and restful holiday season, filled with love, … Continue reading

Psychological Pain and Suicidality – Some Historical Considerations

Pain is a sensation – and a topic – that has recently attracted much attention among historians, particularly those working in the field of the history of emotions. This post interrogates perceptions of mental pain that link this feeling to … Continue reading

Why is British law on assisted suicide ‘inadequate and incoherent’?

The Commission on Assisted Dying (COAD) published its report this month, recommending ‘providing the choice of assisted dying for terminally ill people.’ The report’s proposed changes focus specifically and exclusively upon ‘terminal illness’. David Cameron indicated prior to the report’s … Continue reading