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A HISTORY OF PSYCHIATRY: From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

An opinionated, anecdote-rich history of a branch of medicine strongly shaped by culture. Canadian physician and medical historian Shorter (Univ. of Toronto) begins his lively account by describing the horrific treatment of the mentally ill before the advent of the custodial asylum. It was, he says, the discovery that asylums could have a therapeutic role that led to the birth of psychiatry at the ... Read full review

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