A history of psychiatry: from the era of the asylum to the age of Prozac

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John Wiley & Sons, 1997 - History - 436 pages
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"A splendid book...engaging and excedingly well-written"-Journal of the American Medical Association. "To compress 200 years of psychiatric theory and practice into a compelling and coherent narrative is a fine achievement... What strikes the reader [most] are Shorter2s storytelling skills, his ability to conjure up the personalities of the psychiatrists who shaped the discipline and the conditions under which they and their patients lived."-Ray Monk, Night and Day (the UK Sunday Mail magazine. Now in paper! Edward Shorter covers the history of psychiatry from the late 18th century to the present. Supporting his often provocative positions with the latest historical and scientific research, he sounds the death knell for "talking" therapies and heralds a bright new age of medical-based psychiatric treatments. EDWARD SHORTER (Toronto, Canada) is the Hannah Professor in the History of Medicine at the University of Toronto and the author of ten books, including the widely acclaimed The Making of the Modern Family.

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Review: A History of Psychiatry: From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac

User Review  - Charlotte Holst - Goodreads

This book is not a dull history book - while painting the big picture of the history of psychiatry in Europe and north America, it also gives you some very interesting perspectives on the social ... Read full review

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User Review  - Psipsipsi - Goodreads

This book gives a very clear and believable account of its chosen topic. The author is strongly opinionated and gives a powerful narrative. I will not swallow everything he says whole, but he has ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
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National Traditions
34
The Pressure of Numbers
46
Copyright

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About the author (1997)

EDWARD SHORTER, PhD, is Hannah Professor in the History of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He is the author of ten books, including the international bestseller The Making of the Modern Family and a two-volume history of psychosomatic illness.

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