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ObsessionA History$
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Lennard J. Davis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780226137827

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226137797.001.0001

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The Emergence of Obsession

The Emergence of Obsession

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This chapter shows how monomania paved the way for obsessive diseases, obsessive practices, and a general culture of attention, focus, specialization—all of these linked to the rise of professions and science. There was no necessity that these features would coalesce into a culture of obsession, but there seems to be a trend, a river made up converging streams, a zeitgeist within a culture, that leads to both the concept of scientific observation and its dark side, the diseases of hyperattention and obsessive focus.

Keywords:   monomania, obsessive diseases, obsessive practice, scientific observation, hyperattention, obsessive focus

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