A world-renowned psychiatrist reveals the fascinating story of psychiatry's origins, demise and redemption.
Psychiatry has come a long way since the days of chaining 'lunatics' in cold cells and parading them as freakish marvels before a gaping public.
But, as Jeffrey Lieberman reveals in his extraordinary and eye-opening book, the path to legitimacy for 'the black sheep of medicine' has been anything but smooth.
In SHRINKS, Dr Lieberman traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science through its adolescence as a cult of 'shrinks' to its late blooming maturity since the Second World War as a science-driven profession that saves lives.
With fascinating case studies and portraits of the luminaries of the field, from Sigmund Freud to Eric Kandel, SHRINKS is a gripping and illuminating read.
It is also an urgent call-to-arms to dispel the stigma surrounding mental illness and to start treating it as a disease rather than a state of mind.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, integrated photographs
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 17/03/2016
- Category: History of medicine
- ISBN: 9781780227016