on 19 November 2013
In short, this book was written at the height of the prozac revolution, and so now feels very dated, based as it is on research nearly 20 years old. For example, it was written long before all the buried clinical trials on prozac and other SSRIs were unearthed. Once these trials were factored into recent meta-analyses of antidepressant effectiveness, it was shown that these pills worked hardly better than placebos......an interesting piece of history, but no longer a work to be taken seriously.....the debate has moved on.
on 2 February 2000
This is one of the most important non-fiction books ever! It's not just a guide into the world of prozac: it's a concise history of psychiatry since the 50's; a study of a good deal of human lives that has been changed by the wonderdrug that prozac is (I am currently being treated with another new antidepressant: Zoloft); and, perhabs most importantly, a great philosophical treatice on the structure of personality and the moral consequences prozac has confronted us with. Kramer is a fantastic writer and teacher; never once whilst reading this book was I bored. This is essential if you want to understand yourself and the world in which you are living.