Humanizing Madness: Psychiatry and the Cognitive Neurosciences

Humanizing Madness: Psychiatry and the Cognitive Neurosciences

by Niall McLaren M.D.
     
 
Although it's been 140 years since Maudley's groundbreaking treatise, modern psychiatry is in a state of intellectual collapse. No psychiatrist practicing today can point to a universally agreed model of mental disorder which explains the common observations of mental disorder, dictates a research program and ordains a form of management.

This book, the

Overview

Although it's been 140 years since Maudley's groundbreaking treatise, modern psychiatry is in a state of intellectual collapse. No psychiatrist practicing today can point to a universally agreed model of mental disorder which explains the common observations of mental disorder, dictates a research program and ordains a form of management.

This book, the result of thirty years research in the philosophy of science, takes each of the major theories in psychiatry and demonstrates conclusively that it is so flawed as to be beyond salvation. It goes further, in that the author outlines a model of mental function which both satisfies the essential requirements of any scientific model, and shows how the phenomena of mental disorder can be described in a parsimonious dualist model which leads directly to a humanist form of management of the most widespread form of disability in the world today.

"This book is a tour de force. It demonstrates a tremendous amount of erudition, intelligence and application in the writer. It advances an interesting and plausible mechanism for many forms of human distress. It is an important work that deserves to take its place among the classics in books about psychiatry." -Robert Rich, PhD, AnxietyAndDepression-Help.com.

Editorial Reviews

City Chick Magazine - Ernest Dempsey
Dr. Niall McLaren presents a strong and sharp criticism of the reductionist framework of psychiatric practices that exist today. In “Humanizing Madness”, he raises serious doubts over the legitimacy of mainstream psychiatry that stands on weak scientific grounds and loosely defined concepts relating mind and mental disorders. Showing we need a sound theory of mind, this book is undoubtedly a groundbreaking work of scholarly caliber.
Vaknin - Sam Vaknin
This whole captivating opus revolves around two principles, both contentious:

(I) That psychiatry could, in principle, be a science and thus could generate rigorous scientific theories and testable hypotheses and

(II) That the human mind lends itself to scientific inquiry.

The author offers a devastating critique of the shortcomings and pretensions of psychiatry, not least its all-pervasive, jargon-camouflaged nescience.
Ernest Dempsey
Dr. Niall McLaren presents a strong and sharp criticism of the reductionist framework of psychiatric practices that exist today. In “Humanizing Madness”, he raises serious doubts over the legitimacy of mainstream psychiatry that stands on weak scientific grounds and loosely defined concepts relating mind and mental disorders. Showing we need a sound theory of mind, this book is undoubtedly a groundbreaking work of scholarly caliber.
Sam Vaknin
This whole captivating opus revolves around two principles, both contentious:

(I) That psychiatry could, in principle, be a science and thus could generate rigorous scientific theories and testable hypotheses and

(II) That the human mind lends itself to scientific inquiry.

The author offers a devastating critique of the shortcomings and pretensions of psychiatry, not least its all-pervasive, jargon-camouflaged nescience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011866005
Publisher:
Future Psychiatry Press
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Series:
Biocognitive Model Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
248
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Niall McLaren has been an M.D. and practicing psychiatrist since 1977. Since then, he has undertaken a far-reaching research program, some of which has previously been published. For six years, while working in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, he was the world's most isolated psychiatrist. He is married with two children and lives in a tropical house hidden in the bush near Darwin, Australia.

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