The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry

The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry

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"Gary Greenberg has become the Dante of our psychiatric age, and the DSM-5 is his Inferno." -Errol Morris

Since its debut in 1952, the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has set down the "official" view on what constitutes mental illness. Homosexuality, for instance, was a mental illness until 1973. Each revision has created controversy, but the DSM-5 has taken fire for encouraging doctors to diagnose more illnesses-and… (more)

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Bright, humorous and seriously thoroughgoing, Greenberg takes all the DSMs for a spin as revealing as the emperor’s new clothes.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Plume (May 02, 2013)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 368 pages

File size: 587 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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