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Psychiatry and Its Discontents
 

Psychiatry and Its Discontents (Hardback)

By Scull, Andrew

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Written by one of the world's distinguished historians of psychiatry, Psychiatry and Its Discontents provides a wide-ranging and critical perspective on one hundred years of psychiatry. Scull traces the rise of the field, the midcentury hegemony of psychoanalytic methods, and the... read full description below.

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Published 15 July 2019 by University of California Press
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ISBN-13 9780520305496
ISBN-10 0520305493
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Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher University of California Press
Imprint University of California Press
Publication Date 15 July 2019
International Publication Date 5 July 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Scull, Andrew
Category Reference Works
Social Issues
Psychiatry
Number of Pages 376
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 33mm
Weight 680g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Psychiatry
NBS Text Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology: Professional
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 616.89
Catalogue Code 1005613

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Description of this Book

Written by one of the world's distinguished historians of psychiatry, Psychiatry and Its Discontents provides a wide-ranging and critical perspective on one hundred years of psychiatry. Scull traces the rise of the field, the midcentury hegemony of psychoanalytic methods, and the paradigm's decline along with the ascendance and hegemony of biological and pharmaceutical approaches to mental illness. The book's historical sweep is broad, ranging from the age of the asylum to the rise of psychopharmacology and the dubious triumphs of community care. Collectively, the essays in Psychiatry and Its Discontents provide a vivid and compelling portrait of the recurring crises of legitimacy that mad-doctors , as they were once called, have endured, and illustrates the impact of psychiatry's ideas and interventions on the lives of those afflicted with mental illness.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review As a collection of previously published material gathered from diverse sources, this book suffers from a certain amount of repetition; however the author has done a service in bringing it together, the writing is lively, the scandals attached to its principal actors are dutifully weighed and the scholarship is impressive. * Times Literary Supplement * From the Victorian asylum era and the rise and fall of psychoanalysis to the arrival of psychopharmacology and neuroscience, Scull chronicles the medicalization of mental illness with balance and scepticism. He is trenchant on psychiatry's failures, from prefrontal lobotomy to `care in the community'; critical of neuro-reductionism; eloquent on diagnosis debates; and ever aware of the human suffering at his chronicle's core. * Nature *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Andrew Scull is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is past president of the Society for the Social History of Medicine and the author of numerous books, including Madness in Civilization, Hysteria, and others.

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