This book is a collection of influential papers on culture and psychopathology published from 1880 to 1971. Most are written by magisterial figures in the field such as George Beard, W.H.R. Rivers, Ernest Jones, Emil Kraepelin, Irving Hallowell, Claude Levi-Strauss, P.-M. Yap, George Devereux, and Henry B.M. Murphy. The contents explore comparative psychiatry, concepts of normal and abnormal, oedipal conflict and family structure, magic and religion, death, suicide, intoxicants, the social uses of anxiety, effectiveness of symbols, and the so-called culture-bound syndromes (diseases reputed to be peculiar to specific cultures), including their function and development. Most papers describe unusual manifestations of pathology (both individual and collective) related to a particular cultural setting, with social-constructionist explanatory models heavily influenced by psychoanalytic thinking. Each paper is prefaced by the editors with a brief contextual note and questions evoked by the content.