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Psychiatry

ISBN-10: 0192807277
ISBN-13: 9780192807274
Edition: 2006
Authors: Tom Burns
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Description: Psychiatry is now a highly visible activity - care in the community, compulsion, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse mean that few people are not touched by it. Indeed one in four of us will consult a psychiatrist in our life time. This book explains  More...

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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/6/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 6.75" wide x 6.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

Psychiatry is now a highly visible activity - care in the community, compulsion, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse mean that few people are not touched by it. Indeed one in four of us will consult a psychiatrist in our life time. This book explains what psychiatry is, and what it is not. It starts with the identification of the major mental illnesses and why they are no longer considered just variations of 'normality'. It charts the rise of the Asylum and its demise with thedevelopments of Care in the Community, and the flourishing of psychoanalysis and its later transformation into more accessible psychotherapies.More than any other branch of medicine psychiatry has been attacked and criticised. There is a long catalogue of abuses - from mundane neglect and bizarre treatments through to political abuse by totalitarian regimes. Modern psychiatry too brings with it new controversies such as the medicalization of normal life, the power of the drug companies and the use of psychiatry as an agent of social control. The book does not shy away from outlining these issues but provides the reader with a clearunderstanding of what psychiatry is capable of, and what it is not capable of, so that they can draw their own conclusions.

Preface
List of illustrations
What is psychiatry?
Asylums and the origins of psychiatry
The move into the community
Psychoanalysis and psychotherapy
Psychiatry under attack
Open to abuse
Into the 21st century
Further reading
Index

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