Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry
In Shrinks, Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D., shares the story of psychiatry's origins and the checkered history of useless or harmful treatments -- including hydrotherapy, lobotomies, and primal screaming -- to its rehabilitation and transformation into an evidence-based profession. A gripping and illuminating read, Shrinks reveals shocking case studies and serves as an urgent call-to-arms to start treating mental illness as a disease rather than a state of mind.
“Jeffrey Lieberman has produced a masterful behind-the-scenes examination of psychiatry—and, by extension, the human condition. His epic narrative charts the unlikely ascent of the ‘stepchild of medicine,’ paralleling Lieberman’s own professional transformation from eager psychoanalytic student of Freud to neuroscience-minded president of a reformed American Psychiatric Association. A wise and gripping book that tackles one of the most important questions of our time: what is mental illness?”—Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree and The Noonday Demon
“This is an astonishing book: honest, sober, exciting, and humane. Dr. Lieberman writes with the authority of an expert, but with the humility of a doctor who has learned to treat the most profound and mysterious forms of mental illnesses. This book brings you to the very forefront of one of the most amazing medical journeys of our time.”—Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies
“Shrinks is a must-read. . . A smart, important, accessible book." – Patrick J. Kennedy, former congressman, founder of The Kennedy Forum, and co-founder of One Mind.
Shrinks was also featured on The New York Times Editors' Choice list in April of 2015. Read more...