Doctoring the Mind: Why psychiatric treatments fail 9780141917832, 0141917830

'Doctoring The Mind' puts the patient back at the heart of treatment for mental illness, arguing that a good r

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English Pages (xix, 363 pages) : illustrations, portraits Year 2010;2009

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Doctoring the Mind: Why psychiatric treatments fail
 9780141917832, 0141917830

Table of contents :
I. An illusion of progress. A smashing success? --
The appliance of science: the emergence of psychiatry as a medical discipline --
Therapeutic innovation at the end of the asylum era --
Dissent and resolution: the triumph of biological psychiatry --
II. Three myths about mental illness. People or plants?: the myth that psychiatric diagnoses are meaningful --
The fundamental error of psychiatry: the myth that psychiatric disorders are genetic diseases --
Brains, minds and psychosis: the myth that mental illnesses are brain diseases --
III. Medicine for madness. Science, profit and politics in the conduct of clinical trials --
Less is probably better: the benefits and costs of antipsychotics --
The virtue of kindness: is psychotherapy effective for severe mental illness? --
What kind of psychiatry do you want?

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