Historical recovery heroes – Charles Darwin

Elizabeth Wakely (Retired History Teacher and Service User from London, UK)
Jerome Carson (Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK)

Mental Health and Social Inclusion

ISSN: 2042-8308

Publication date: 23 May 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The paper reviews Darwin's health problems and suggests they may have been a “creative malady”.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors look at Darwin's upbringing, his career and achievements, evidence for mental illness and his status as a historical recovery hero.

Findings

In addition to the published literature, Darwin himself acknowledged that his health problems enabled him to dedicate his life to his scientific research.

Originality/value

The authors combine their perspectives as a historian and psychologist to interpret the literature on Darwin's illness.

Keywords

Citation

Wakely, E. and Carson, J. (2011), "Historical recovery heroes – Charles Darwin", Mental Health and Social Inclusion, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 66-70. https://doi.org/10.1108/20428301111140903

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Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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