Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry
ISBN: 0316278866
EAN13: 9780316278867
Language: English
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 10.00" L x 6.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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The inspiration for the PBS series Mysterious of Mental Illness , Shrinks brilliantly tells the astonishing story of psychiatry's origins, demise, and redemption (Siddhartha Mukherjee). 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, the former president of the American Psychiatric Association, 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. A lucid popular history...At once skeptical and triumphalist. It shows just how far psychiatry has come. --Julia M. Klein, Boston Globe

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