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Reality of Mental Illness

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ISBN-10: 0521337615

ISBN-13: 9780521337618

Edition: 1986

Authors: Martin Roth, Jerome Kroll

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This book is psychiatry's reply to the diverse group of antipsychiatrists, including Laing, Foucault, Goffman, Szasz and Bassaglia, that has made fashionable the view that mental illness is merely socially deviant behaviour and that psychiatrists are agents of the capitalist society seeking to repress such behaviour. It establishes, by the use of evidence from historical and transcultural studies, that mental illness has been recognised in all cultures since the beginning of history and goes on to explore the philosophical and medical basis for psychiatry's diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Finally, it tackles two issues where psychiatry has recently been seen as at odds with the…    
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Book details

List price: $48.99
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/25/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 140
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Introduction
Mental illness, psychiatry and its critics
Disorders of the mind and the role of medicine in historical perspective
The evidence from transcultural enquiries
A consideration of the mind-body problem and its bearing on the concept of disease
Medical and alternative models of mental disease
Social, ethical and philosophical aspects of involuntary hospitalization and the insanity defence
Notes