The Untold Story of Psychiatry

Book - 2015 | 1st ed.
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The fascinating story of psychiatry's origins, demise, and redemption, by the former President of the American Psychiatric Association.

Psychiatry has come a long way since the days of chaining "lunatics" in cold cells and parading them as freakish marvels before a gaping public. But, as Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, reveals in his extraordinary and eye-opening book, the path to legitimacy for "the black sheep of medicine" has been anything but smooth.

In Shrinks , Dr. Lieberman traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science through its adolescence as a cult of "shrinks" to its late blooming maturity -- beginning after World War II -- as a science-driven profession that saves lives. With fascinating case studies and portraits of the luminaries of the field - from Sigmund Freud to Eric Kandel -- Shrinks is a gripping and illuminating read, and an urgent call-to- arms to dispel the stigma of mental illnesses by treating them as diseases rather than unfortunate states of mind.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2015.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780316278867
Characteristics: viii, 342 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Ogas, Ogi


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Mar 26, 2016

Excellent and comprehensive. I think he shortchanges psychology and effective, research-based psychological treatment, but I suppose that's understandable in a book that focuses on psychiatry. But the breadth of the coverage, aside from that, is amazing. And it's easy to read.

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