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Shorter, Edward

Works: 154 works in 757 publications in 10 languages and 22,423 library holdings
Genres: History  Dictionaries  Popular works  Classification 
Roles: Author, Other, Contributor, Editor, Interviewee, Author of introduction, Creator
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Most widely held works about Edward Shorter
Most widely held works by Edward Shorter
A history of psychiatry : from the era of the asylum to the age of Prozac by Edward Shorter( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 2,446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With cinematic scope and precision, Shorter shows us the harsh, farcical, and inspiring realities of society's changing attitudes toward its mentally ill and the efforts of generations of scientists and physicians to ease their suffering. He takes us inside the eighteenth-century asylums, with their restraints and beatings, and guides us through the landscaped boulevards of the spas and rest homes where the "nervous disorders" of the Victorian elite were treated with bromides, buttermilk, and kind words. He leads us through the teeming "snake pits" of early twentieth-century public mental hospitals and the gleaming laboratories of today's pharmaceutical cartels." "Writing in the tradition of the best social history, Shorter delineates the major scientific and cultural forces that shaped the development of psychiatry. Along the way, he paints vivid portraits of the leading figures - names such as Esquirol and Pinel, Krafft-Ebing and Kraepelin, Freud and Horney - who peopled the history of psychiatry. He pulls no punches in assessing the roles these men and women played in advancing our understanding of the biological origins of mental illness, or sidetracking psychiatry into pseudoscience, metaphysics, and fanaticism."--Jacket
The making of the modern family by Edward Shorter( Book )

95 editions published between 1975 and 2009 in 7 languages and held by 2,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vergelijkend onderzoek naar de geschiedenis van de familie in verschillende landen in de verschillende samenlevingsvormen, waarin naar voren komt hoe de relaties tussen de huwelijkspartners en tussen ouders en kinderen in de laatste eeuwen veranderd zijn
Before Prozac : the troubled history of mood disorders in psychiatry by Edward Shorter( )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 2,081 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychiatry today is a barren tundra, writes medical historian Edward Shorter, where drugs that don't work are used to treat diseases that don't exist. In this provocative volume, Shorter illuminates this dismal landscape, in a revealing account of why psychiatry is "losing ground" in the struggle to treat depression
A historical dictionary of psychiatry by Edward Shorter( )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2016 in English and Japanese and held by 1,851 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is the first historical dictionary of psychiatry. It covers the subject from autism to Vienna, and includes the key concepts, individuals, places, and institutions that have shaped the evolution of psychiatry and the neurosciences. An introduction puts broad trends and international differences in context, and there is an extensive bibliography for further reading. Each entry gives the main dates, themes, and personalities involved in the unfolding of the topic. Longer entries describe the evolution of such subjects as depression, schizophrenia, and psychotherapy. The book gives ready reference to when things happened in psychiatry, how and where they happened, and who made the main contributions. In addition, it touches on such social themes as "women in psychiatry," "criminality and psychiatry," and "homosexuality and psychiatry." A comprehensive index makes immediately accessible subjects that do not appear in the alphabetical listing. Among those who will appreciate this dictionary are clinicians curious about the origins of concepts they use in their daily practices, such as "paranoia," "selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors" (SSRIs), or "tardive dyskinesia"; basic scientists who want ready reference to the development of such concepts as "neurotransmitters," "synapse," or "neuroimaging"; students of medical history keen to situate the psychiatric narrative within larger events; and the general public curious about illnesses that might affect them, their families, and their communities - or readers who merely want to know about the grand chain of events from the asylum to Freud to Prozac. Bringing together information from the English, French, German, Italian, and Scandinavian languages, the Dictionary rests on an enormous base of primary sources that cover the growth of psychiatry through all of Western society."--Jacket
Endocrine psychiatry : solving the riddle of melancholia by Edward Shorter( )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Melancholia, a severe form of depression, has stumped generations of clinicians. In the mid twentieth century it was connected to dysfunctions between the brain and the endocrine system. The authors trace the rise and fall of endocrine psychiatry from 1900 to the present in an effort to solve the mystery of melancholia
A history of women's bodies by Edward Shorter( Book )

55 editions published between 1982 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Etude historique bien documentée sur les expériences vécues des choses qui concernent le corps de la femme: la domination masculine dans la relation sexuelle, la structure du corps (corpulence, rachitisme, etc.), l'accouchement, l'avortement, la longévité et les maladies particulières affectant la femme. Ces formes d'asservissement de la femme ont été éliminées au 20e siècle grâce au progrès de la médecine notamment, et ont permis la libération de la femme sur plusieurs plans. Une approche féministe est sous-jacente à cette étude
Shock therapy : a history of electroconvulsive treatment in mental illness by Edward Shorter( Book )

20 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 1,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, has in the last thirty years been considered a method of last resort in the treatment of debilitating depression, suicidal ideation, and other forms of mental illness. Yet, ironically, its effectiveness in treating these patients would suggest it as a frontline therapy, bringing relief from acute symptoms and saving lives. In this book, Edward Shorter and David Healy trace the controversial history of ECT and other "shock" therapies. Drawing on case studies, public debates, extensive interviews, and archival research, the authors expose the myths about ECT that have proliferated over the years." "By showing ECT's often life-saving results, Shorter and Healy endorse a point of view that is hotly contested in professional circles and in public debates, but for the nearly half of all clinically depressed patients who do not respond to drugs, this book brings much needed hope."--BOOK JACKET
How everyone became depressed : the rise and fall of the nervous breakdown by Edward Shorter( Book )

9 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this provocative book, Edward Shorter describes how in the 19th century patients with anxiety, fatigue and unable to sleep and obsess about the whole thing were considered "nervous," and when they lost control it was a "nervous breakdown." Then psychiatry turned its back on the whole concept of nerves, and--first under the influence of Freud's psychoanalysis and then the influence of the pharmaceutical industry--the diagnosis of depression took center stage. The result has been a scientific disaster, leading to the misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment (with "antidepressants") of millions of patients. And with the new 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), the trend of inappropriate treatment is sure to continue. Urging that the diagnosis of depression be re-thought, this book turns a dramatic page in the understanding of psychiatric symptoms that are as common as the common cold. A gripping historical argument on psychiatric diagnosis and its flawed heritage and future."--Jacket
From paralysis to fatigue : a history of psychosomatic illness in the modern era by Edward Shorter( Book )

25 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first book to put the physical symptoms of stress in their historical and cultural context. This fascinating history of psychosomatic disorders shows how patients throughout the centuries have produced symptoms in tandem with the cultural shifts of the larger society. Newly popularized diseases such as "chronic fatigue syndrome" and "total allergy syndrome" are only the most recent examples of patients complaining of ailments that express the truths about the culture in which they live
Partnership for excellence : medicine at the University of Toronto and academic hospitals by Edward Shorter( )

9 editions published between 2000 and 2017 in English and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Partnership for Excellence, senior medical historian and award-winning author Edward Shorter details the Faculty of Medicine's history from its inception as a small provincial school to its present day status as an international powerhouse
The health century by Edward Shorter( Book )

7 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 805 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Companion volume to PBS television series. Presents the moving human drama behind the scientific miracles most pertinent to all of our lives
The historian and the computer; a practical guide by Edward Shorter( Book )

26 editions published between 1970 and 1975 in English and Italian and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Strikes in France, 1830-1968 by Edward Shorter( Book )

23 editions published between 1974 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bedside manners : the troubled history of doctors and patients by Edward Shorter( Book )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and Italian and held by 732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the mind into the body : the cultural origins of psychosomatic symptoms by Edward Shorter( Book )

11 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and held by 580 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When we fall ill with psychosomatic pain, our symptoms most often - and quite unconsciously - reflect our particular ethnic group, age, class, or gender. In this landmark work, Edward Shorter continues his important inquiry into the nature of psychosomatic illness. Drawing on a vast array of engrossing, colorful, and often humorous historical case studies, he explores the newly discovered relationship between social identity and the varieties of psychosomatic disorders
Written in the flesh : a history of desire by Edward Shorter( Book )

18 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in the Flesh is a history of sexual desire -a startling and provocative history of what people yearn to do sexually. It is the story of the whole body's need for sexual attention rather than simply the genitalia and their procreational function. The desire for sexual pleasure and total body sex -that is, the expansion of sexuality from a limited focus on the face and genitals to include the entire body -is certainly not a new phenomenon: the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Chinese, amongst others, were quite familiar with eroticism that went beyond the strictly heterosexual and procreational. In the long centuries of Christian Europe, when miserable conditions of life and religious repression conspired to minimize the expression of sexual longing, desire was driven underground. Yet in the late nineteenth century, increasing privacy, prosperity, and good health again permitted the underlying biological urge for total body sex to express itself, and encouraged a shift of erotic pleasure toward new and unexplored body zones: the mouth, nipples, anus, and further. This new work by renowned medical historian Edward Shorter demonstrates that desire is hard-wired into the brain, expressing itself in remarkably similar ways in men and women, adolescent and adult, and in gays, lesbians, and straights alike. Drawing from a wide array of sources, including memoirs, novels, collections of letters, diaries, and indeed a large pornographic corpus, Shorter explores the widening of Western society's sexual repertoire. Written in the Flesh is a history of what people like to do in bed and how that has changed. The change is relentless: human sexuality continually seeks new means of liberation in its expression of pleasure. Electronic Format Disclaimer: Images removed at the request of the rights holder
The Kennedy family and the story of mental retardation by Edward Shorter( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With unique access to family and foundation papers, Shorter brings to light the Kennedy family's strong commitment to public service, showing that Rose and Joe taught their children by precept and example that their wealth and status obligated them to perform good works. Their parents expected each of them to apply their considerable energies to making a difference."
Work and community in the West by Edward Shorter( Book )

9 editions published between 1973 and 1974 in English and held by 291 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychotic depression by Conrad Swartz( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book aims to help clinical practitioners and trainees describe their observations of psychotic depression, formulate treatment, and express expectations of recovery from illness. It focuses on all facets of the disorder, from clinical history to coverage of the current state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment protocols. Medical readers of this book will come away able to diagnose and readily treat psychotic depression and thus will be able to serve their patients better. Non-physician readers will come away with the message that this is a terrible illness, but there is hope. This book fills an important gap in the realm of psychiatric literature."--Jacket
What psychiatry left out of the DSM-5 : historical mental disorders today by Edward Shorter( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2015 in English and Italian and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychiatry as a field is over two centuries old and over that time has gathered great wisdom about mental illnesses. But there are diagnoses that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) failed to include, along with diagnoses that should not have been included, but were. Today we have diagnoses such as "schizophrenia" and "bipolar disorder" that do not correspond to the diseases found in nature; we have also left out disease labels that on a historical basis may be real. Shorter proposes a history-driven alternative to the DSM
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A historical dictionary of psychiatry
Before Prozac : the troubled history of mood disorders in psychiatryA historical dictionary of psychiatryEndocrine psychiatry : solving the riddle of melancholiaA history of women's bodiesShock therapy : a history of electroconvulsive treatment in mental illnessFrom paralysis to fatigue : a history of psychosomatic illness in the modern eraWritten in the flesh : a history of desireThe Kennedy family and the story of mental retardationPsychotic depression
Alternative Names
Edward Shorter Canadees medisch historicus

Edward Shorter Canadian medical historian and social historian

Edward Shorter kanadischer Historiker und Hochschullehrer

Shorter, E. 1941-

Shorter, Edward

쇼터, 에드워드

ショーター, エドワード