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The Broken Brain: The Biological Revolution in Psychiatry Paperback – October 29, 1985


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"Valuable to anyone who knows someone afflicted with a mental illness." -- New York Times

About the Author

Nancy C. Andreasen, a former professor of English, is now a professor of psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine as well as president-elect of the Psychiatric Research Society. She has written more than 100 scientific papers and has received the Hibbs Award from the American Psychiatric Association for best research in a paper on clinical psychiatry.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (October 29, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060912723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060912727
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
A classic book written at the time psychiatry was undergoing a powerful shift in thinking. Psychiatry is still undergoing this shift, so if someone is interested in the history of the revolution THE BROKEN BRAIN needs to be consulted. It was written by one of the foremost thinkers and researchers in psychiatry today. This book documents the powerful new tools psychiatry had available to it by the 1980's. A recommended addition to any public or private library.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has been an invaluable resource to me and I recommend it to others who have questions about brain function. My family has a history of depression and other mental illnesses. Andreasen approaches the subject of brain chemistry, biology and treatment of illness in terms a layperson can easily understand. After reading The Broken Brain, I was compelled to learn more and am now enrolled in a Masters program in Psychology. Facinating, well written, and totally accessible.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2000
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This book gave me hope I had lost about a loved one with servere (delusional) depression. Knowledge is power, and this book is overflowing with easy-to-understand information. Dr. Andreasen's treatment of mental illness, with symathy and care is comforting. The only question I had, was "How much more valuable this book would be if it were updated (since 1985)?". There is mental illness in this world, that has gone unrecognized. We could all benefit from knowing more about this misunderstood, stigmatized illness
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A healthly reader on July 11, 2005
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This book explains mental illness in a way that is easy to understand. However, I also like to read books that SHOW what mental illness is. I suggest the book: MY LAST REMAINS by Jill.

This is a nonfiction account of a girl who was raised by mentally ill parents. The books shows mental illness in a way that text books dont. It also shows what happens to the children of the mentally ill. The author uses her first name only, and the book is also available on amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty M. Williams on March 24, 2013
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This book is a classic. Brains are organs of the body and can be 'broken' as cant he heart, kidneys, pancreas, and lungs.
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