Shrinks

Shrinks

The Untold Story of Psychiatry

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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.

Baker & Taylor
Traces the rise, fall, and redemption of psychiatry, illuminating the contributions of such figures as Sigmund Freud and Eric Kandel while calling for an end to cultural stigmas that prevent effective mental treatments.

Baker
& Taylor

A former president of the American Psychiatric Association traces the rise, fall and redemption of psychiatry, illuminating the contributions of such figures as Sigmund Freud and Eric Kandel while calling for an end to cultural stigmas that prevent effective mental treatments. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316278867
Branch Call Number: 616.89009 L6215s 2015
Characteristics: viii, 342 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Ogas, Ogi

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JudithE
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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