Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

by Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Ogi Ogas
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Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry by Jeffrey A. Lieberman

"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 maturity--beginning after World War II--as a science-driven profession that saves lives. With fascinating case studies and portraits of the field's luminaries--from Sigmund Freud to Eric Kandel--SHRINKS 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316278843
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/10/2015
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 778,606
File size: 2 MB

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.

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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.