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By B. Burstow

Psychiatry and the company of insanity deconstructs psychiatric discourse and perform, exposes the self-interest on the center of the psychiatric/psychopharmacological firm, and demonstrates that psychiatry is epistemologically and ethically irredeemable. Burstow's clinical and historic examine and in-depth interviews show that the paradigm is untenable, that psychiatry is pseudo-medicine, that the "treatments" don't "correct" issues yet reason them. Burstow essentially demanding situations our correct to incarcerate or in a different way subdue these we discover distressing. She invitations the reader to reconsider how society addresses those difficulties, and provides concrete feedback for societal transformation, with "services" grounded locally. A compelling piece of scholarship, impeccable in its common sense, unwavering in its ethical dedication, and innovative in its implications.

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I am aware of course that this arms-length treatment of psychiatric discourse may be disconcerting at times. As noted, psychiatric terminology has become so hegemonic that we expect these words, feel that something is not quite right if they are not being employed—itself an integral part of the problem at hand. Introduction to the Study l 23 Getting Our Bearings: A Chapter by Chapter Breakdown The current chapter has established the standpoint, has introduced the problematic, and indeed, begun the inquiry.

It is reported that on his first meeting a new patient, his usual friendly and smiley countenance changed its expression.  Even the fiery Edmund Burke is reported to have f linched and turned away when Willis “fixed” on him.  270–272) This command countenance, this piercing eye, this highly deliberate and relentless taming was to play a major role in the subsequent development of moral management. The “Willis effect” was not lost on Dr. Benjamin Rush (1812), Quaker, head of the Philadelphia hospital, and long hailed as the father of American psychiatry.

This attitude of openness is evident in many of the doctors themselves. , Burton, 1621/2001), and their counsel included both repentance and prayer. Medical absolutism was long in coming. Nonetheless, most psychiatric historians date its prominence earlier, something made possible by Hippocrates—the most influential of the early Western doctors. Totally ruling out otherworldly explanations, Hippocrates himself uncategorically dismissed such notions as divine madness. ” While this perspective was only one of many vying for medical acceptance, humoural discourse progressively came to dominate Western medicine, as did the practices that it bootstrapped into existence; and it is largely out of this tradition that modern biological psychiatry emerged.

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