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The Culture of Our Discontent: Beyond the Medical Model of Mental Illness Hardcover – International Edition, October 9, 2006

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You’ve written several other books. What leads you to a topic? Was there a particular reason you wanted to write this book?

Hmmmm. I came to this book after reading an article in the New York Times Magazine on the mental condition latah, a culture-specific syndrome of Southeast Asia. I was also struck by the growing number of people close to me, people with seemingly good lives, who were having problems and taking prescribed drugs.

You’re a professor and a professional writer and journalist. Do you find these careers to be compatible, even complementary, or is it actually hard to do both at the same time?

I find them very compatible. When I teach I often talk in depth about the research of other people I have written about, and I think I know their work better because I had to know everything about it to do a journalism piece. I think journalism keeps me up to date on all science issues.

What’s your favorite season? Why?

Fall… Because the leaves turns, and people light fires and you can smell the smoke, and I knit so that’s a great time for making sweaters, and it’s be best season for long walks….

About the Author

Maredith Small is a professor of anthropology at Cornell University. She is the author of four previous books, most notably Our Babies, Ourselves. She writes regularly for magazines such as Discover, Natural History, Scientific American, and New Scientist and is a frequent contributor to television and radio.

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