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Psychiatry and its discontents

Author: Andrew Scull
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Psychiatry and Its Discontents provides a wide-ranging and critical perspective on the psychiatric enterprise. The book's historical sweep is broad, ranging from the age of the asylum to the rise of psychopharmacology and the dubious triumphs of "community care." Freud and Foucault, Christian Science and Scientology, psychosurgery and modern drug treatments, trauma and the effects of war on the human psyche, the  Read more...
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Scull, Andrew, 1946-
Psychiatry and its discontents.
Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018058799
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Scull
ISBN: 9780520305496 0520305493
OCLC Number: 1078970786
Description: xiii, 356 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : the travails of psychiatry --
The fictions of Foucault's scholarship : madness and civilization revisited --
The asylum, the hospital, and the clinic --
A culture of complaint : psychiatry and its critics --
Promises of miracles : religion as science and science as religion --
Burying Freud --
Psychobiology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis : the intersecting careers of Adolf Meyer, Phyllis Greenacre, and Curt Richter --
Mangling memories --
Creating a new psychiatry : on the Rockefeller Foundation and the rise of academic psychiatry --
Shrinks : Doctor Pangloss --
The hunting of the snark : the search for a history of neuropsychiatry --
Contending professions : sciences of brain and mind in the United States, 1850-2013 --
Trauma --
Empathy : reading other people's minds --
Mind, brain, law, and culture --
Left brain, right brain : one brain, two brains --
Delusions of progress : psychiatry's diagnostic manual.
Responsibility: Andrew Scull.

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"Psychiatry and Its Discontents provides a wide-ranging and critical perspective on the psychiatric enterprise. The book's historical sweep is broad, ranging from the age of the asylum to the rise of psychopharmacology and the dubious triumphs of "community care." Freud and Foucault, Christian Science and Scientology, psychosurgery and modern drug treatments, trauma and the effects of war on the human psyche, the siren song of neuroscience, and the predicaments confronting the profession at the dawn of the new millennium are but some of the issues considered here. Collectively, the essays that make up Psychiatry and Its Discontents provide a vivid and compelling portrait of the recurring crises of legitimacy that mad-doctors (as they were once called) have endured, and of the impact of psychiatry's ideas and interventions on the lives of those afflicted with mental illness"--Provided by publisher.

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