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The concepts of psychiatry : a pluralistic approach to the mind and mental illness

Author: S Nassir Ghaemi
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book will be of interest to professionals and students in psychiatry as well as psychologists, social workers, philosophers, and general readers who are interested in understanding the field of psychiatry and its pratices at a conceptual level."--BOOK JACKET.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: S Nassir Ghaemi
ISBN: 0801873770 9780801873775
OCLC Number: 50858919
Description: xxvi, 337 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The status quo: dogmatism, the biopsychosocial model, and alternatives --
What there is: of mind and brain --
How we know: understanding the mind --
What is scientific method? --
Reading Karl Jaspers's General Psychopathology --
What is scientific method in psychiatry? --
Darwin's dangerous method: the essentialist fallacy --
What we value: the ethics of psychiatry --
Desire and self: Hellenistic and Islamic approaches --
On the nature of mental illness: disease or myth? --
Order out of chaos: from insanity to DSM-III to a pluralistic nosology --
A theory of DSM-IV: ideal types --
Dimensions versus categories --
The perils of belief: psychosis --
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune: depression --
Life's rollercoaster: mania --
Being self-aware: insight --
Calvinism or hedonism? --
Truth and statistics: problems of empirical psychiatry --
A climate of opinion: what remains of psychoanalysis --
Being there: existential psychotherapy --
Beyond eclecticism: teaching psychotherapy in the twenty-first century --
Bridging the biology/psychology dichotomy: the hopes of integrationism --
Why it is hard to be pluralist.
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The author argues that the complexity of psychiatric illnesses means that psychiatry is best understood from a pluralistic perspective. Grounding his approach in the works of Paul McHugh and others,  Read more...

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Ghaemi raises dozens of thought-provoking questions in the midst of his tour through the concepts of psychiatry. -- John Z. Sadler, M.D. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 2005 This interesting Read more...

 
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