The Creation of Psychopharmacology
The Creation of Psychopharmacology

The Creation of Psychopharmacology

by David Healy

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674038455
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
File size: 555 KB

About the Author

David Healy is Reader in Psychological Medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Strangers in a Strange Land

2. The Doctoring of Madness before Chlorpromazine

3. Explorations in a New World

4. Psychiatry outside the Walls

5. Twisted Thoughts and Twisted Molecules

6. Positive and Negative

7. The Sorcerer's Apprentice

8. Democracy

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

What People are Saying About This

David Healy is one of the founding historians of psychopharmacology, first with his three-volume series of interviews with the first generation of psychopharmacologists, and secondly with his brilliant book, The Antidepressant Era. Now Healy crowns these achievements with this breathtakingly original and important history of the antipsychotics, psychiatry's flagship drugs. In their short lifespan they have revolutionalized psychiatry, converting it from a medical specialty based on psychotherapy to one based on biochemistry. Yet as Healy's analysis shows, commerce has been as influential as science in this transformation--perhaps more so. For its originality, readability, and wisdom, The Creation of Psychopharmacology is the most important contribution to the history of psychiatry since Ellenberger's The Discovery of the Unconscious.

Edward Shorter

David Healy is one of the founding historians of psychopharmacology, first with his three-volume series of interviews with the first generation of psychopharmacologists, and secondly with his brilliant book, The Antidepressant Era. Now Healy crowns these achievements with this breathtakingly original and important history of the antipsychotics, psychiatry's flagship drugs. In their short lifespan they have revolutionalized psychiatry, converting it from a medical specialty based on psychotherapy to one based on biochemistry. Yet as Healy's analysis shows, commerce has been as influential as science in this transformation--perhaps more so. For its originality, readability, and wisdom, The Creation of Psychopharmacology is the most important contribution to the history of psychiatry since Ellenberger's The Discovery of the Unconscious.
Edward Shorter, University of Toronto, author of A History of Psychiatry: From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac

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