"An astonishing book: honest, sober, exciting, and humane... [Shrinks] brings you to the very forefront of one of the most amazing medical journeys of our time." Siddhartha Mukherjee
Psychiatry has come a long way since the days of chaining "lunatics" in cold cells. But, as Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, reveals in his eye-opening book, the path to legitimacy for "the black sheep of medicine" has been anything but smooth.
Dr. Lieberman traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science to its late blooming maturitybeginning after World War IIas a science-driven profession that saves lives. With fascinating case studies and portraits of the field's luminariesfrom Sigmund Freud to Eric KandelSHRINKS is a gripping read, and an urgent call-to-arms to dispel the stigma of mental illnesses by treating them as diseases rather than unfortunate states of mind.
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About the Author
Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, is the Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Formerly the President of the American Psychiatric Association, in 2000 was elected to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine. He lives with his wife and two sons in New York City.
Table of Contents
Introduction: What's Wrong with Elena? 3
Part I The Story of Diagnosis
Chapter 1 The Stepchild of Medicine: Mesmerists, Alienists, and Analysts 15
Chapter 2 Down the Garden Path: The Rise of the Shrink 49
Chapter 3 What Is Mental Illness?: A Farrago of Diagnoses 87
Chapter 4 Destroying the Rembrandts, Goyas, and Van Goghs: Anti-Freudians to the Rescue 117
Part II The Story of Treatment
Chapter 5 Desperate Measures: Fever Cures, Coma Therapy, and Lobotomies 153
Chapter 6 Mother's Little Helper: Medicine at Last 172
Part III Psychiatry Reborn
Chapter 7 Out of the Wilderness: The Brain Revolution 203
Chapter 8 Soldier's Heart: The Mystery of Trauma 240
Chapter 9 The Triumph of Pluralism: The DSM-5 271
Chapter 10 The End of Stigma: The Future of Psychiatry 292
Sources and Additional Reading 323
What People are Saying About This
Jeffrey Lieberman's extraordinary account of the scientific revolution in psychiatry - a revolution that he both participated in and helped to foster - is compelling. But it is his candor, lack of dogmatism and sensitivity to suffering that will linger in your mind long after you've turned the last page. --Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had been looking for a comprehensive account of psychiatry and this book explains the evolution of the field brilliantly
The book lives up to the title; The Untold Story of Psychiatry. It is interesting, informative and accessible for casual readers and contains technical and candid analysis for the professionals. It is well written and an easy read for a complex subject. Read this book if you: Think we are at a tipping point in stigmatizing mental disorders, Believe in the butterfly effect, Want to read interesting, compelling, real-life stories, Are interested in an honest and candid look at psychiatry, Want to see the past, and more importantly the future of psychiatry, Have an open mind and want to see a realistic, passional appeal for a new or better way to think about and react to mental disorders. I highly recommend the book. Start the conversation. We have come so far in society, thankfully, to work towards destigmatizing so many heretofore believed abnormalities of behavior when it comes to race and gender issues; it's time to add mental illness to the list of tolerance, understanding, and action to better the lives of people.