The book is long overdue and almost certainly has relevance beyond the class of pharmaceuticals ( antidepressants) that it treats. It provides a disturbing insight into the relationship between drug companies, the regulators and the academic establishment that is so dependent upon funding from these bodies. It demonstrates that antidepressants are no more than enhanced placebos but with nasty side effects. The work of the author is grounded in conventional 'scientific' method, which makes the failure of the authoritative bodies to adequately respond most disconcerting. The book has considerable implications for the validity of the conventional medical model and the assumed mind/body separation upon which it is based. My only criticism is that it asserts the effectiveness of psychological therapies. This will allow critics to divert attention from the main contribution which is the ineffectiveness and dangers inherent in pharmaceutical therapies. Like many, after attaining two degrees in psychology and beginning to study for a third, i remain unconvinced that CBT is the panacea Lord Layard seems to think it is.
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