history of psychiatry

Does Psychiatry Work? Review of ‘Desperate Remedies’ by Andrew Scull

This book review by Berties Bregman has been published in Commentary magazine. It begins: “When I was a young medical student and it came time to pick a specialty, the landscape was alarmingly broad. At one extreme was psychiatry. The noble goal…
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The Book of Woe: the DSM and the unmaking of psychiatry

This book comes from Gary Greenberg. The publishers say: “Since its debut in 1952, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has set down the “official” view on what constitutes mental illness. Homosexuality, for instance, was a mental illness…
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Studying Mental Health Problems as Systems, Not Syndromes

This article by Eiko I. Fried has been published in Sage Journals. The abstract says: “Despite decades of clinical, sociopolitical, and research efforts, progress in understanding and treating mental health problems remains disappointing. I discuss two barriers that have contributed to…
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Psychiatry & Its Discontents

This book comes from Prof. Andrew Scull. The publishers say: “Written by one of the world’s most distinguished historians of psychiatry, Psychiatry and Its Discontents provides a wide-ranging and critical perspective on the profession that dominates the treatment of mental illness. Andrew Scull…
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Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine

This book comes from Prof. Andrew Scull. The publisher says: “Madhouse reveals a long-suppressed medical scandal, shocking in its brutality and sobering in its implications. It shows how a leading American psychiatrist of the early twentieth century came to believe that mental…
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Social Order/Mental Disorder: Anglo-American Psychiatry in Historical Perspective

This book is from Prof. Andrew Scull. The publishers say: “Social Order/Mental Disorder represents a provocative and exciting exploration of social response to madness in England and the United States from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Scull, who is well-known for…
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He Spurred a Revolution in Psychiatry. Then He ‘Disappeared.’

The Mad in America website cites a New York Times‘ article , which begins: “On the second day of the annual convention of the American Psychiatric Association in 1972, something extraordinary happened. While the assembled psychiatrists, mostly white men in dark…
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Mental Illness Is Not in Your Head

This review by Marco Ramos of two books – Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness and Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry’s Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness – has been published in the Boston Review. It begins: “In 1990 President George Bush  announced  that ‘a new era of discovery’ was ‘dawning in brain research.’ Over the next several decades…
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