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Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness

Mind Fixers: Psychiatry's Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness (Hardback)

By Harrington, Anne

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The story of the unfulfilled quest to find the biological basis of mental illness, and its profound effects on patients, families, and American society.

ISBN 9780393071221
Barcode 9780393071221
Published 16 April 2019 by WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780393071221
ISBN-10 0393071227
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Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Publication Date 16 April 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Harrington, Anne
Category History of Specific Subjects
Mental Health Services
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 241mm
Spine: 33mm
Weight 620g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Neuropsychiatry, Mental illness - Physiological aspects
NBS Text Psychology: Professional & General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 616.89
Catalogue Code 1011302

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Description of this Book

In the 1980s, American psychiatry announced that it was time to toss aside Freudian ideas of mental disorder because the true path to understanding and treating mental illness lay in brain science, biochemistry, and drugs. This sudden call to revolution, however, was not driven by any scientific breakthroughs. Nor was it as unprecedented as it seemed. Why had previous efforts stalled? Was this latest call really any different? In Mind Fixers, Anne Harrington offers the first comprehensive history of the troubled search for the biological basis of mental illness. She makes clear that this story is not just about laboratories and clinical trials, but also momentous public policies, acrid professional rivalries, cultural upheavals, grassroots activism, and profit-mongering. Harrington traces a consistent thread of over-promising and frustrated hopes. Above all, she helps us understand why psychiatry's biological program is in crisis today, and what needs to happen next.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Anne Harrington masterfully chronicles the hopes-and the hype-surrounding psychiatry's much-heralded `biological revolution' in this penetrating, capacious, and immensely engaging account. Read Mind Fixers for an absorbing guided tour through psychiatry's fractious history and current conflicts. -- Elizabeth Lunbeck, author of The Americanization of Narcissism Anne Harrington has written a lucid and compelling analysis of the travails of psychiatry as it has attempted to ground its understanding of mental illness in biology. She confronts the gaps between its aspirations and reality with fairness and even sympathy. -- Steven E. Hyman, director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research

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Author's Bio

Anne Harrington is the Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science and faculty dean of Pforzheimer House at Harvard University. She is the author of four books, including Mind Fixers and The Cure Within. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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