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Claiming that there are no widely accepted theories of mental illness and that therapies are guided more by marketing than lab work hasn't won Valenstein many friends in psychiatry, but his scientific credibility is impeccable, and, better for the reader, his explanations of his doubts are clear and sensible. Whether discussing the "good old days" of insulin coma and electroshock therapies (after which drugs seemed a humane godsend) or the modern prospects of scientific research and medical clinics owned and directed by pharmaceutical companies, he maintains a calm, measured style that seeks to clothe the emperor, not replace him. Blaming the Brain is a powerful, thoroughly enjoyable book that will provoke much-needed thought and discussion on all sides of this important topic. --Rob Lightner
AMAZING BOOK, VERY CLARIFYING, HARD TO FIND AND I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT, IS A JEWELPublished 13 months ago by ally
This is a pioneer work. Today most of what Valenstein writes about the dubious empirical basis for most of medication-psychiatry, is widely known - and disputed only by those who... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Nathan Shachar
I won't waste a lot of my time writing a review, as it looks like anyone with a 'negative' review gets voted down (i.e. Review Not Helpful) rather quickly. Read morePublished on May 30, 2012 by M. Neahring
I respectfully disagree with most of the posters who discredit the use of drugs for mental health disease. Read morePublished on March 13, 2008 by liberty lover
Valenstein, a well-recognized, erudite neuroscientists, does an excellent job of deconstructing the econonmic and scientific problematics in biological research and biological... Read morePublished on November 17, 2007 by Colin M. Burchfield, Ph.D.
If you believe that some mental disorders are caused by a "chemical imbalance" you need to read this book. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by Judith Lautner
AWESOME! What everyone should know about medication, drug companies, and how the prescribing game really works.Published on March 18, 2007 by Jennifer Woyner