“Clear-eyed intellectual analysis...shrewd, witty, refreshing.”–The New York Times
“[A]stute and fascinating.... [V]ividly portrays the fierce and often unnecessary wars between those representing the interests of the mind and the brain.”–Kay Redfield Jamison
“A more nuanced treatment of the moral and philosophical issues than any previous discussion”–The New Yorker
With sharp and soulful insight, T. R. Luhrmann examines the world of psychiatry, a profession which today is facing some of its greatest challenges from within and without, as it continues to offer hope to many.
At a time when mood-altering drugs have revolutionized the treatment of the mentally ill and HMO's are forcing caregivers to take the pharmocological route over the talking cure, Luhrmann places us at the heart of the matter and allows us to see exactly what is at stake. Based on extensive interviews with patients and doctors, as well as investigative fieldwork in residence programs, private psychiatric hospitals, and state hospitals, Luhrmann's groundbreaking book shows us how psychiatrists develop and how the enormous ambiguities in the field affect its practitioners and patients.See all Editorial Reviews
This book is based on three years of careful research among psychiatrists in training. Her perspective is fair, her writing captivating, and her smarts shine clear through on... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RoseofSharon
Excellent thought provoking. I'm recommending it to friends in the mental health field The trends she noticed have become distressingly more sever..Published on May 26, 2013 by Kenneth R. Ayer
If you want to know how to write an ethnography, this is definitely a good book to model after. Great book and I really enjoyed it!Published on October 27, 2012 by Sunny_Cali