Contra la depresionby Peter Kramer, Francisco Lacruz (Translator)
What is depression really, and how does society define it? Kramer, a famed psychiatrist and author of the 1993 bestseller Listening to Prozac, says he has written "an insistent argument that depression is a disease, one we would do well to oppose wholeheartedly." In making his argument, Kramer examines the cultural roots of notions about depression and underscores the gap between what we know scientifically and what we feel about the illness. Kramer traces depression from Hippocrates through the Renaissance and Romantic "cult of melancholy" to advances in medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy, and at last to the disease we now know it to be.
The book maintains the perfect balance between science and human interest, as the author details both psychiatric studies and personal experience.
A comparison of the biochemical workings of depression with the physical and observable symptoms serves as an intellectual trip for readers and provides a thorough exploration of what Kramer dubs "the most devastating disease known to humankind."This book is an important addition to the growing public health campaign against depression.
- Planeta Publishing Corporation
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- Spanish-language Edition
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- 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)
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