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A History of Psychiatry By Edward Shorter

A History of Psychiatry by Edward Shorter

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Now in paper! Writing in a charged, highly-accessible style, Edward Shorter covers the history of psychiatry from the late 18th century to the present.

A History of Psychiatry Summary

A History of Psychiatry: From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac by Edward Shorter

"PPPP ...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 Shorter's 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 The Mail on Sunday magazine, U.K. "An opinionated, anecdote-rich history...While psychiatrists may quibble, and Freudians and other psychoanalysts will surely squawk, those without a vested interest will be thoroughly entertained and certainly enlightened."--Kirkus Reviews. "Shorter tells his story with immense panache, narrative clarity, and genuinely deep erudition."--Roy Porter Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine. In A History of Psychiatry, Edward Shorter shows us the harsh, farcical, and inspiring realities of society's changing attitudes toward and attempts to deal with its mentally ill and the efforts of generations of scientists and physicians to ease their suffering. He paints vivid portraits of psychiatry's leading historical figures and pulls no punches in assessing their roles in advancing or sidetracking our understanding of the origins of mental illness. Shorter also identifies the scientific and cultural factors that shaped the development of psychiatry. He reveals the forces behind the unparalleled sophistication of psychiatry in Germany during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as well as the emergence of the United States as the world capital of psychoanalysis. This engagingly written, thoroughly researched, and fiercely partisan account is compelling reading for anyone with a personal, intellectual, or professional interest in psychiatry.

About Edward Shorter

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.

Table of Contents

The Birth of Psychiatry. The Asylum Era. The First Biological Psychiatry. Nerves. The Psychoanalytic Hiatus. Alternatives. The Second Biological Psychiatry. From Freud to Prozac. Notes. Index.

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NLS9780471245315
9780471245315
0471245313
A History of Psychiatry: From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac by Edward Shorter
New
Paperback
John Wiley & Sons Inc
1998-03-16
448
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