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A world-renowned psychiatrist reveals the fascinating story of psychiatry's origins, demise, and redemption.

Psychiatry has come a long way since the days of chaining "lunatics" in cold cells and parading them as freakish marvels before a gaping public. But as Jeffrey Lieberman reveals in his extraordinary and eye-opening book, the path to legitimacy for "the black sheep of medicine" has been anything but smooth.

In Shrinks Dr. Lieberman traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudoscience through its adolescence as a cult of "shrinks" to its late-blooming maturity since the Second World War as a science-driven profession that saves lives. With fascinating case studies and portraits of the luminaries of the field, from Sigmund Freud to Eric Kandel, Shrinks is a gripping and illuminating read. It is also an urgent call to arms to dispel the stigma surrounding mental illness and to start treating it as a disease rather than a state of mind.

©2015 Jeffrey Lieberman (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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  • Ben
  • 04-24-15

A trainee counsellors opinion

this was a good outline of where psychiatry originates. it has a lot about Freud.
interesting but a more comprehensive ending would have been useful.

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  • Andy
  • 12-08-15

Pedestrian

Don't let the engaging sample fool you into thinking this is a risqué account of psychiatry's history. Rather this is a matter of fact telling of psychiatry's rise to medical professionalism. To slow for me, and by the sound of it the narrator too. Returned before the end, lifes too short.

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  • Marion
  • 02-16-17

Fascinating history of psychiatry

Really enjoyed listening to how our views of psychiatry have been shaped by its history.