A previous reviewer complained about the sociological bias of this book. I have no complaint. I think this is its greatest strength. The book's title tells you exactly what it claims to be, and the contents live up to this description.
The fact that the medical model along with others is scrutinised doesn't make the book "unbalanced" in my view. I don't remember being struck by any "medical howlers", but if there are any they don't invalidate the overall critical analysis.
This book is an excellent example of the application of the sociological imagination to this complex, confusing but compelling field. The plight of those of us who suffer emotional and mental problems deserves the understanding that a sociological imagination can bring.
As well as illuminating its subject, this book gives the reader an insight into the sociological perspective, and gives a clear account of various sociological concepts and theoretical positions.
I like things that do what they say they will. I'd recommend this book.
on 9 April 2004
Interesting book full of arguments which are all distinctly anti-psychiatry. The book could have done with a medical contributor, as whilst it clearly has a clinical psychologist contributing, his understanding of medical therapies seems severely limited since the book is full of medical howlers.
This is typical sociological 'argument', don't expect anything different.