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Timeline in the History of Madness

While not intended to serve as a Guide to Internet Research, by any means, the links listed below are recommended for those who are relatively new to the Internet or to online scholarship; a few favourite, fairly long-established sources that have taken a permanent place (we hope) in the ethers. These links are for the most part to original texts online, which are often more difficult to find than commentary. Suggestions for recommended sites are always welcome.

Lies and Counterlies

Disniformation: The gateway to the underground - news, politics, conspiracy and weirdness.
The Disinfo site describes itself as offering "...information on current affairs, politics, new science and the 'hidden information' that seldom seems to slip through the cracks of the corporate-owned media conglomerates."

By it's own definition, a "Progressive, Tough Liberal News and Opinion Home Page". An open-submission site offering up-to-the-minute editorials.

Truthout is a full-service news agency dedicated to establishing a powerful, stable voice for independent journalism, providing citizens with access to reader-supported news instead of advertiser-supported news. The direction is one of social progress, shedding light on issues such as health care, the environment, international relations and human rights.

AlterNet is an award-winning news magazine and online community that creates original journalism and amplifies the best of dozens of other independent media sources. AlterNet's aim is to inspire citizen action and advocacy on the environment, human rights and civil liberties, social justice, media, and health care issues.

Dictionaries, Galleries and Encyclopedia

Your Dictionary
Superior online dictionary, multi-lingual, contains sites for esoteric vocabulary, etymology, thesaurus, as well as some interesting information like the Ethnologue list of Nearly Extinct Languages.

Encyclopedia of Symbols
A searchable-by -text or -image database of thousands of symbols, extensively cross-referenced. An older version of the database to use offline is available to download for free.

Encyclopedia Mythica
Long-established site for research on mythology with a very user-friendly searchable database. Articles link to the Bulfinch site entries for further reading.

Internet Sacred Text Archive
Definitive reference site for religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web.

The Web Gallery of Art
The Web Gallery of Art contains over 11,600 digital reproductions of European paintings and sculptures created between the years 1150 and 1800. The site also offers gallery 'tours', a wonderful virtual visit to the museum.

The Unbound Bible
A highly usable resource, The Unbound Bible is a collection of searchable Bibles consisting of: 10 English versions including the NASB, Greek and Hebrew Versions (the original Bible languages), 4 ancient versions, 42 versions in other languages.

History of Medicine - Ancient and Modern

Classics in the History of Psychiatry
Hosted by York University (Toronto, Canada), a searchable database of complete (selected) texts in classical psychiatry online. (Note the salient absences.)

Pirate Nietszche Page
There is no shortage of Nietzsche on the Netszche; however, this site ontains a number of original texts online, in addition to articles and essays.

Trance and Trauma: Functional Nervous Disorders and the Subconscious Mind
Excellent history of early hypnotic theory; the investigations and theories of Mesmer, Puysegur, Charcot, Janet and other early proponents of somatic Robert H. Wozniak. From the series
Mind and Body: René Descartes to William James

Pliny The Elder 23 - 79
English text of Pliny's Historia Naturalis (first 68 Chapters), thanks to the efforts of Roger who hosts them on his Spaceship Earth website. The sublime to the ridiculous is but a step, as Thomas Paine wrote, and it's an interesting contrast to go from Pliny, who asserted the earth was round, to....

John Baptista della Porta 1535-1615
Natural Magick: A Neapolitane in Twenty Books Wherein are set forth the Riches and Delights Of the Natural Sciences. A fascinating revision of Pliny the Elder's Natural History (doesn't hold a candle to Pliny, regardless of length of wicke and taper, but fascinating record of commonly-held 'scientific' facts of the time). And the truth that the world is flat.

Nicholas Culpeper 1616-1654
Original text source in the study of the treatment of madness of mind and body in the Renaissance. The English physitian: or an astrologo-physical discourse of the vulgar herbs of this nation. Complete text online of Culpeper's amazing encyclopedia of natural medicine, 17th century-style, features "Directions for making 'Syrups, Conserves, Oyls, Oyntments, &c. of Herbs, Roots, Flowers &c.", and a fairly thorough table of plant ruled by planets.

Online Archives

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is the brainchild of Michael Hart, who in 1971 decided that it would be a really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were freely available to everyone in the world. Now, more than thirty years later, Project Gutenberg has amassed a total of close ot 6300 full texts online.

University of Virginia Electronic Text Center
Books, essays and manuscripts carefully reproduced, with original illustrations, in electronic form. Not the easiest site to navigate through, but finding a rare book makes it worth the effort.

Representative Poetry Online (RPO)
Maintained by Ian Lancashire, professor of English at University of Toronto since 1994, includes about 2,900 English poems by over 400 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today.

Sacred Texts
The labour of love of J.B. Hare, his site contains thousands of pages of texts of every form of sprituality imaginable. In ten years of researching on the net, I haven't found anything that compares.

Where to find Rare and Out of Print Books Online

Chthonios Books
Chthonios Books is a major specialist on research materials and books dealing with Western Esotericism. They can usually find most out-of-print items, and have useful email listings, where recipients can buy rare items before they're displayed on the Internet. Chthonios also offers a selection of texts online, a treasure for anyone with an appreciation for such rare texts.

Abebooks is a remarkable collective of thousands of independent booksellers worldwide who have listed their inventories into one vast database of 40 million used, rare and collectible books for purchase online.
For anyone who loves books of all kinds, searching through the database is a joy in itself; not only because of the frequency with which one may come across an extraodinary book not heard of before, but also because of the interesting and at times endearing notes appended to the title on sale, such as the description of an old copy of The Divided Self, below:





Purchases made through this search will
provide a small commission to the SLS at
no additional cost to you.

"The end paper has a smudged erasure mark on the top corner which does not want to come off and I fear the paper would start to wear if one tried to I stopped! The jacket has a large triangular piece missing from the bottom front corner with flap that means all but the first letter of the word "madness" in the subtitle are lost."

- The Book Business, London W7 3QS, United Kingdom

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