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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
[See Peter Breggin's TOXIC PSYCHIATRY, St. Martin's Press, 1991 and C. Ross & A. Pam's (Eds.)
If you believe that some mental disorders are caused by a "chemical imbalance" you need to read this book.
This book is academically excellent and substantianted well beyond what should have even been necessary.
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 5 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
Jesus said "He that does not 'know' says...He that 'knows' does not say..."
These fellow authors and reviewers who categorically rip drugs fail to recognize the fact... Read more
...and after his research as a respected neuroscientist, published this book as overwhelming evidence for his disbelief in the "disordered brain biochemistry" theory of mental... Read morePublished on July 13, 2005 by Charles Whitfield
Blaming the Brain is a very good book about the history of psychoactive medications. There are a few arguments against the current trends in pharmacology, but the author doesn't... Read morePublished on May 19, 2003