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Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

Author Jeffrey A. Lieberman
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date 2015-03-10
Section Psychology
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9780316278867

The fascinating story of psychiatry's origins, demise, and redemption, by the former President of the American Psychiatric Association. 

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, MD, 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—beginning after World War II—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, and an urgent call-to-arms to dispel the stigma of mental illnesses by treating them as diseases rather than unfortunate states of mind.

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