The Gene Illusion: Genetic research in psychiatry and psychology under the microscope. Paperback – 1 Jan 2003
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The claim that psychiatric disorders are biological and genetic in origin has done a great deal of harm to the mental health professions and their clients. Dr Jay Joseph's book should be read by anyone interested in a genuinely scientific analysis of the myths of biological psychiatry. --Peter R Breggin MD, Author, Toxic Psychiatry
Whether or not, for example, 'schizophrenia' has a genetic basis could scarcely arise as a sensible question if we took seriously the doubts that have been cast on its validity as a concept ('schizophrenia', indeed, is a prime example of an entity that, not exisiting, had to be invented - see Boyle, 2002). But as long as the discourse of power chooses 'science' as one of its languages, it needs to be answered appropriately. In this respect, Jay Joseph performs a huge service to those who need to counter the speciousness of so many of the claims in this area with carefully argued and thoroughly documented examples of where they go wrong. In doing this he helps keep alive the version of science that really does deserve our allegiance. --David Smail, JCPCP Vol 3 Issue 3
Jay Joseph's book provides a solid foundation for critical approaches to twin studies. It will be essential reading for anyone working inthe sphere of human sciences an dpsychology and interested inthe fundamentalclaims of their own discipline, but written in such a way that the interested lay reader will also benefit. --Chris Goodey, British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 32.
About the Author
Jay Joseph, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist practising in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Since 1998, his articles on genetic research in psychiatry and psychology have appeared in journals such as Developmental Review; The American Journal of Psychology; Genetic, Social, and General Psychology Monographs; Politics and the Life Sciences; The Journal of Mind and Behavior; Psychiatric Quarterly; New Ideas on Psychology; and Ethical Human Sciences and Services. He is currently an Associate Editor of Ethical Human Sciences and Services, and an Assessing Editor of The Journal of Mind and Behavior.
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However, it does give you a balanced view of twin research if read with other books.
There is not much on modern research though.
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Jay Joseph has done something the authors of most such text books have not - he's actually looked at the studies themselves. His own book is detailed, comprehensive and scholarly - and when he holds these studies up to the light, most of their authors' confident conclusions virtually crumble. At the very least, Joseph shows how speculative and shakily supported these conclusions are. But I think Joseph establishes more: if the twin and adoption studies stand for anything, they show how overwhelmingly important environment and experience are in schizophrenia.
This book is not light reading. But it methodically puts biopsychiatry to the test. And, as so often in its history, biopsychiatry does not fare well when looked at too closely.
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