"Dr Dowbiggin has written a near-comprehensive book that discusses the role of physicians but focuses also on individual patients, famous reformers, cataclysmic social changes and the contributions of psychology."
Dr Shane Neilson, Medical Post
"… ambitious and concise and even-handed in its recognition that various styles of psychiatry have made worthwhile contributions."
Jonathan Sadowsky, Bulletin of the History of Medicine
"… Dowbiggin will no doubt inspire stimulating debate among students of the history of science and medicine …"
Rob Boddice, Canadian Journal of History
"… a useful introduction to the history of mental health for upper-level history students."
Amy Samson, The Canadian Bulletin of Medical History