Well-written, informative, personal,
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This review is from: The Last Asylum: A Memoir of Madness in our Times (Hardcover)
This book contains two parallel strands: the author's long and difficult journey to mental health through psychoanalysis and the psychiatric support provided by the UK health system. It is sometimes searingly personal and provides a deep insight into what it must be like to suffer from mental illness.
At the same time, the author's skill as a historian is clear in the way she relates the history of psychiatry in Britain in the 20th century.
Her experience as a mental patient leads her to conclusions which hit the reader as glaringly obvious, but which have been virtually disregarded by those who decide on the organisation and provision of mental health facilities in Britain today.
In short, this is an engaging book, a personal story of hardship taking many years to overcome. Recommended to all those interested in mental illness and society's response to the mentally ill.