Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

by Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Ogi Ogas (With)

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ISBN-13: 9780316278980
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 01/05/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 821,665
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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

Epilogue 316

Acknowledgments 318

Sources and Additional Reading 323

Index 329

What People are Saying About This

Sylvia Nasar

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

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Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had been looking for a comprehensive account of psychiatry and this book explains the evolution of the field brilliantly
LauraLuca More than 1 year ago
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.