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Stalking Irish Madness Searching for the Roots of My Family's Schizophrenia

ISBN-10: 0553805258
ISBN-13: 9780553805253
Edition: 2008
Authors: Patrick Tracey
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Description: In this powerful, sometimes harrowing, deeply felt story, Patrick Tracey journeys to Ireland to track the origin and solve the mystery of his Irish-American family's multigenerational struggle with schizophrenia. For most Irish Americans, a trip to  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/26/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

In this powerful, sometimes harrowing, deeply felt story, Patrick Tracey journeys to Ireland to track the origin and solve the mystery of his Irish-American family's multigenerational struggle with schizophrenia. For most Irish Americans, a trip to Ireland is often an occasion to revisit their family's roots. But for Patrick Tracey, the lure of his ancestral home is a much more powerful need: part pilgrimage, part investigation to confront the genealogical mystery of schizophreniaa disease that had claimed a great-great-grandmother, a grandmother, an uncle, and, most recently, two sisters. As long as Tracey could remember, schizophrenia ran on his mother's side, seldom spoken of outright but impossible to ignore. Devastated by the emotional toll the disease had already taken on his family, terrified of passing it on to any children he might have, and inspired by the recent discovery of the first genetic link to schizophrenia, Tracey followed his genealogical trail from Boston to Ireland's county Roscommon, home of his oldest-known schizophrenic ancestor. In a renovated camper, Tracey crossed the Emerald Isle to investigate the country that, until the 1960s, had the world's highest rate of institutionalization for "lunacy," following clues and separating fact from fiction in the legendary relationship the Irish have had with madness. Tracey's path leads from fairy mounds and ancient shrines still shrouded in superstition to smoky pubs whose colorful inhabitants are a treasure trove of local lore. He visits the massive and grim asylum where his own great-great-grandmother was believed to have been committed. And he interviews one of the world's foremost genetic researchers into schizophrenia to learn how muchand how littlewe know about this often misunderstood disease. Filled with history, science, and lore,Stalking Irish Madnessis an unforgettable chronicle of one man's attempt to make sense of his family's past and to find hope for the future of schizophrenic patients.

The Twisted Strand
Away with the Fairies
Madness Gallops
The First Pounce
The Second Pounce
Too Much for Mom
The Irish Roots
Bog of No Return
London Calling
Beware the Moon
Chasing Egans
Driven to Ballinasloe
Grace of the Gargle
A Celtic Walkabout
Grand Old Men
No Gilding Lilies
Lord of the Glen
The Pearl of Galway
Back to Roscommon
The Haze of the Homefront
Schizophrenia in Wonderland
We Are Family
Notes
Index

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