By Scull, Andrew
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.Read more
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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