The list author says: "This is a companion to 'Psychiatry Against Itself.' Here I list critiques of psychiatry from philosophy, history and social science. Beginning with the important archaeological work of Michel Foucault and the still brilliant attempt by Herbert Marcuse to synthesize Freud and Marx, I continue through history of medicine, medical anthropology, sociology & journalism and end with ex-analyst Jeffrey Masson's angry polemic, 'Against Therapy.' As a psychologist, psychiatrist and psychotherapist, I don't agree with everything here but I think it is very important to consider these critiques very thoughtfully in doing our work."
"The first of Michel Foucault's reflections on psychology, psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He was a psychologist at this time. We see the emergence of his voice as a philosopher of psychiatry. His first real writing bringing the two together was in the next volume in this list: an introduction to Ludwig Binswanger's 'Dream and Existence.'"
"Michel Foucault's introductory essay is longer & surpasses Ludwig Binswanger's text, 'Dream and Existence.' We see here Foucault the psychologist becoming Foucault the philosopher. Indispensable reading that shows to what extent Foucault looked to psychoanalysis in the first and to existential analysis in this one as a bold new way to think about psychiatry. That promise was not realized."
"While not overtly about psychiatry, Illich's polemic against modern medicine is bracing & brilliant. When I taught a course on the organization & delivery of health care, this was at the top of my reading list. For a thoughtful, reasoned & balanced reply, see David Horrobin’s 'Medical Hubris.' He agrees with Illich when indicated, offering solutions but disagrees & refutes when necessary."
"This collection by the patron saint of family or systemic therapy offers an alternative view of the systemic context of health and mental illness, notably in the piece about the now infamous "double-bind theory of schizophrenia.""