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Publisher Description

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.

GENRE
Health, Mind & Body
RELEASED
2015
March 10
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
Little, Brown and Company
SELLER
Hachette Digital, Inc.
SIZE
3.2
MB

Customer Reviews

SackAckAck ,

Excellent

Fascinating introduction to the history of psychiatry - manages to cover a lot of ground and a lot of different perspectives. My only complaint is that I'd prefer it to be about twice as long!

chris raiter music ,

Shrinks

People shouldn't practice psychiatry, much less write about it, unless they suffer mental illness. This book is illuminating, but depressing. It's like Nietzsche's assessment of Darwin: true, but dangerous. These "empiricists" may keep us alive at the cost of our dignity.

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