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Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry
Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry
by Tom Burns
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.95

3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very confused, 19 July 2013
A very confused book. Burns tries to show us that psychiatry is credible and then towards the end turns to psychoanalysis/therapy saying how much patients like it and benefit from it. In addition, he shows the many problems with psychiatry but doesn't suggest any ways forward. His discussion of ECT in such a favourable light is concerning and deeply backward.
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Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good
Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm Than Good
by James Davies
Edition: Paperback

28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 10 May 2013
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I haven't been able to put this down since my copy arrived earlier this week. The interviews with the leaders of psychiatry are fascinating - it is amazing that Davies managed to secure interviews with all of these people, from Senators in America to several Presidents and ex-Presidents of Psychiatric Associations. It was so interesting to hear Robert Spitzer, the modern founder of psychiatry, admitting that there are no biological markers to most of these disorders. I was also shocked to read of the scant science behind the creation of these disorders - and not from Davies but from the mouths of the people who created them and were on the Taskforce for the DSM! The material on the close links with Big Pharma and psychiatry is appalling - I heard Davies on the radio yesterday discussing this with a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist said this does not happen in the UK but Davies then showed that this very psychiatrist had also received money from several pharmaceutical companies! Davies shows in the book how rife this is in England so I disagree with the previous review that this is only a problem in America - policy change, please! This is an excellent book, which is vividly written. I'm off to order my copy of Davies' previous book now, The Importance of Suffering!
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