Has a brilliant intro to a family history and how the dynamics flow, then it shifts to reflect upon birth trauma and how this impacts upon later adult psychologies. For me however this was more speculative and difficult to relate back to working with people. The key impact however were the snippets from psychiatry, the first things medical students learn is how to bash in frogs heads and then study their nervous systems.
Laing focuses on the inherent inhumanity within "medicine" showing from inception that it is based on a form of desensitisation which allows Doctors to reduce people to their symptoms as specimens. Gone is the person, removed in a flash, showing the inherent bogus facade of a pseudo science such as psychiatry.
Naturally those immersed within this bogus creed vilified him, in the same way that Copernicus and Galileo were terrorised by the Catholic Church, because Laing undermined the belief in the sanctity of this "profession" which is all bells and whistles. Psychiatric practitioners are those who project their inability to connect to others a s a form of ersatz professionalism, based upon the objectification inherent within the natural sciences.
The book does go for a wander when Laing describes the effects of the birth experience and how this affects later life. However he raises the question of how many of us were truly wanted and greeted with euphoria. This is the crux for later human development. And it is how people are treated as human beings which shapes their later development.
Therefore this book ranges across a series of themes and appears as a collection of out takes but it is very interesting due to its range.