"Excellent study of psychiatry in the United States -- the social forces that shaped it, and its current condition circa 1980 -- by two european sociologists and a US activist. Translated from the French. Shows how many movements were co-opted and debunks many "innovative" therapies."
"An amazing account of a 19th century German judge who has a psychotic breakdown and records the details of all of it in notes, which he later publishes as a book. A very strange journey, and a touchstone for all psychoanalytic discussions of paranoid schizophrenia."
"The basic selection of convoluted discussions by France's interpreter of Freud. Of basic reference. Eschew the Sheridan translation, which is reportedly riddled with errors. If these interest you, move up to the complete edition (this is only the selection)."
"A classic psychoanalytic reference. Love him or hate him, Freud is an edifice that must be addressed. I prefer this short translation of the first edition (it went through several -- see Strachey for the compilation)."
"A famous collection along the lines of statistical illusions that are likely to blindside the unwary or uncareful. Of considerable policy relevance. One of the authors won the Nobel Prize for this work (a second died too soon)."
"A classic text proving the superiority of (pure) statistical over (pure) clinical methods in psychiatry and beyond. (Further research has shown that statistical methods with clinical handling of exceptions is even better.)"
"Psychiatry involves coercion, so it is worthwhile to study totalitarian states of the 20th century. The largest coercion project of all time, which led 30 million to their deaths, was Stalin's system of work camps. A veritable catalog of coercive methods, impenetrable ideology, and human suffering, told in a first-hand account."