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The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment
The Myth of the Chemical Cure: A Critique of Psychiatric Drug Treatment
by Dr Joanna Moncrieff
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.84

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mythbusting needs more publicity, 28 Nov 2010
This is a book which all psychoanalysts,psychotherapists and counsellors, no matter what their orientation, should read. The suspicions that many of us have harboured about the vanishingly small capacity of drugs to intervene successfully in issues connected with emotional suffering are comprehensively justified.

This does not mean that we should resort to simply to the talking cure. However it does suggest that we need

(a) Ordinary simple thoughtfulness about how we try to help emotionally distressed and disturbed people;
(b) To continue pointing a very critical finger at the activities of both pharmaceutical companies and psychiatrists seemingly desperate to believe that people have diseased brains rather than distressing experiences of life.

This book should be used as a wake-up call to fund research into the talking-cure.

Many think that this has been found and that its name is "Cognitive Behavioural Therapy". A recently published ebook The Problems of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, disputes this alternative. CBT boasts an optimistic 50% cure rate and no clear water distancing it from results for rival forms of therapy. Recently researchers have pointed to the same telltale signs of concealed research findings common in the pharmaceutical industry.

This book should be required reading for all mental health professionals.


Dark Matter: A Ghost Story
Dark Matter: A Ghost Story
by Michelle Paver
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stylish ghost story - I'm looking forward to the next one!, 28 Nov 2010
I disagree totally with the reviewer who thinks that the short sentences and simple style of this book detract from its 5 star quality. Economy of style in writing is difficult to achieve. The atmosphere of the story is heightened by what is not said and the reader is almost imperceptibly lured into the terrifying world of Jack's thoughts. Dark Matters starts in daylight, the sun gradually slips away,people disappear from the narrative one by one and the brief ending demonstrates that sunshine is no solution.

Without giving anything away there is one tiny error. Jamaica is near the equator where it is never dark in the mornings.
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Meaning, Medicine and the 'Placebo Effect' (Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology)
Meaning, Medicine and the 'Placebo Effect' (Cambridge Studies in Medical Anthropology)
by Daniel E. Moerman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 19.54

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychotherapies are placebos too, 7 Mar 2008
This is one of the most important and interesting books on a little researched phenomenon, the placebo. Moerman writes both engagingly and with thorough scholarship - a rare combination.

Placebos are closely related to suggestion and work in truly amazing ways on the body.

Anyone who thinks that placebos are simply 19th century nostrums, little white sugar pills that 'make you feel better' but don't involve today's so-called sophisticated consumer should read this book and marvel at the body's capacity to be deceived, 'cured' and helped along through life by the placebo. Placebos work for the majority of us regardless of age, sex or education.

Moerman shows that placebos work even in the case drugs such given for conditions such as duodenal ulcers. Participants in a trial were led to believe that there was a 2 week delay in the administration of the 'new wonder drug' and only showed signs of improved response after a 2 delay. Later they learned that the new drug had been administered (along with the placebos and controls from the start.

A great book - buy a copy today!


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