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From the Edge of the Couch Paperback – 3 Mar 2003

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (3 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059304696X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593046968
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 14.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,221,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A thought-provoking book that's a 'must read'...Promises to do for psychiatry what Oliver Sacks' books have done for neurology' -- V S Ramachandran, Reith Lecturer, 2003

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Fascinating, illuminating and full of absorbing true case studies, FROM THE EDGE OF THE COUCH reveals how medical science is still struggling to fully understand the workings of the mind - and offers proof that fact really is much stranger than fiction. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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If I could give this book zero stars, I would. I work in psychiatry and I have rarely come across a book that purportes to be a psychiatric work but that in reality is so poor. Persaud writes in the style of a self-loving, pompous out-dated psychiatrist who is too hung-up on outdated Freudian thinking and who has no grasp whatsoever of modern psychiatry - in fact, when I looked at the date it had been written I was amazed that it was so recent - it reads like a book straight out of out-moded Fifties psychiatric thinking. Honestly, books like this give psychiatry a bad name. Just glad I only paid 50p for it from a charity shop.
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I find this book to be a very insightful read. It certainly does a splendid job, bringing psychiatry to the mainstream. Books on this subject that are fit for general readership are rare and Raj Persaud writes in a manner that is very accessible and appealing. I think this book serves a very important function in ensuring that people are drawn to explore, read and be curious on a subject that is pivotal to our lives. After all, staying on top of things is of the essence. The counter-influences of culture, myth and taboos are also generously explored vis-a-vis medical conditions; making it a holistic assessment that is well researched and articulated. The book may appear considerable due largely to the narrative style of writing adopted by the author. No complaints on this front, as the narrative style makes it so much less forbidding to peruse through and enjoyable to a lay reader. Certainly one of the more interesting and enriching books I've picked up this year.
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I thought this was an excellent and thoroughly fascinating read. I'm particularly interested in rare psychiatric disorders (e.g. Munchausen Syndrome, various paraphilias, alien hand syndrome, capgras syndrome - all of which are mentioned in this book) so it was simply delightful to come across a book which collated numerous bizarre cases. Persaud writes in a very clear and concise manner which makes the book more accessible to the general public. Highly recommended to anyone intrigued by abnormal/clinical psychology/psychiatry.
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