SHRINKS: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

SHRINKS: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

JEFFREY LIEBERMAN & OGI OGAS    Book Number: 84228    Product format: Paperback

The former President of the American Psychiatric Association declares that he wrote his book 'To provide an honest chronicle of psychiatry with all its rogues and charlatans, its queasy treatments and ludicrous theories...A dark comedy of fanciful gaffes.' It is also a detective tale, propelled by three profound questions that have vexed and beckoned each successive generation of psychiatrists: What is mental illness? Where does it come from? and, most pressing for any disciplined devoted to the Hippocratic oath, How can we treat mental illness? We will learn about a handful of renegades and visionaries who bravely challenged prevailing convictions of their time in order to elevate their embattled profession and understand that the successful treatment of mental illness requires us to embrace the mind and brain simultaneously and question our identity, purpose and potential. It is grounded upon a wholly unique doctor-patient relationship where the doctor is privy to patients' private worlds and innermost thoughts, secret shames and cherished dreams. He traces his profession from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science through its adulation as a cult of 'shrinks' to its late-blooming maturity as a science-driven profession that saves lives. Sigmund Freud and brain-focused neuroscientists like Eric Kandel are among the in-depth portraits of luminaries in the field. 342pp in illustrated paperback.
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ISBN 9780316278980
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