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Mad Science Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs

ISBN-10: 1412849764

ISBN-13: 9781412849760

Edition: 2013

Authors: Stuart A. Kirk, Tomi Gomory, David Cohen

List price: $105.00
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When it comes to understanding and treating madness, distortions of research are not rare, misinterpretation of data is not isolated, and bogus claims of success are not voiced by isolated researchers seeking aggrandizement. This book’s detailed analyses of coercion and community treatment, diagnosis, and psychopharmacology reveals that these characteristics of bad science are endemic, institutional, and protected in psychiatry. This is mad science. Mad Science argues that the fundamental claims of modern American psychiatry are not based on convincing research, but on misconceived, flawed, and distorted science. The authors address multiple paradoxes in American mental health, including the remaking of coercion into scientific psychiatric treatment in the community, the adoption of an unscientific diagnostic system that now controls the distribution of services, and how drug treatments have failed to improve the mental health outcome. This book provides an engaging and readable scientific and social critique of current mental health practices. The authors are scholars, researchers, and clinicians who have written extensively about community care, diagnosis, and psychoactive drugs. Mad Science is a must read for all specialists in the field as well as for the informed public.
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Book details

List price: $105.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 4/30/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 358
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

David Cohen is a British joutnalist who has written for The Independent, The Guardian, and British GQ, as well as The New York Times. In 1997, he was the recipient of a harkness fellowship hosted by Columbia University, which enabled him to write this book. He lives in london with his wife and two daughters.

Preface
Illusions of Psychiatric Progress
The History and Historians of Madness
The "Therapeutic" Coercion of the Mad in the Community
And DSM Said: Let There Be Disorder
The Failure of Descriptive Diagnosis
Dancing with Drugs
From Drugs to Medications-and Back
The Structure of Mad Science
Index