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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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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 b...y 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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ISBN 9780393071221
Released NZ 16 Apr 2019
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780393071221
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Released 16 Apr 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
Dewey Code 616.89
Weight 625g
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