- Paperback: 328 pages
- Publisher: Princeton University Press; 1 edition (October 27, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0691017239
- ISBN-13: 978-0691017235
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Harmony of Illusions: Inventing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 1st Edition
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Allan Young. . . would disagree with the notion that [PTSD] has always been with us, arguing that the traumatic memory is a man-made object. . . . His book is a lucid case-study of the way medicine and society have managed to build up this man-made disorder over the past century and a half.---Gerald Weissmann, The London Review of Books
Allan Young has written a splendid and much needed book. . . . Young's book is an invaluable contribution to an emerging and exciting area of scholarship. Intellectually bold, analytically rigorous, and rhetorically compelling, The Harmony of Illusions will both delight and provoke--perhaps even infuriate--friends and foes of the PTSD diagnosis.---Eric Caplan, American Journal of Sociology
The well-researched description of the development of the construct of PTSD within American psychiatric circles makes for fascinating reading as the personalities of the players are presented along with their ideas.---William Yule, The Times Higher Education Supplement
An ambitious and richly informative account of the growth and progress of modern psychiatry itself and particularly of the intimate relationship between that discipline and its broader social and political context. As a model study of the construction of mental illness, this book represents a significant contribution to the history of science and medicine.---Philip Jenkins, American Historical Review
A stringent critique of the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which came into vogue after the Vietnam war. . . . Young's work is scientific in the best sense, i.e., clear, precise, and free of jargon and polemics. (Kirkus Reviews)
Young has produced a fascinating book. It is also very timely given current debates, both within and beyond psychotherapy, about trauma, abuse and its recovery.---Janet Sayers, British Journal of Psychotherapy
"Young offers a brilliant acount of how post-traumatic stress disorder came into being. His detailed analysis of sessions with Vietnam Vetrens at Vetrens Administration hospitals is one of the finest pieces of up-to-date medical anthropology in existence."―Ian Hacking, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto
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"Young offers a brilliant acount of how post-traumatic stress disorder came into being. His detailed analysis of sessions with Vietnam Vetrens at Vetrens Administration hospitals is one of the finest pieces of up-to-date medical anthropology in existence."--Ian Hacking, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto
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