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- DescriptionPsychiatry is w a highly visible activity - care in the community, compulsion, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse mean that few people are t touched by it. Indeed one in four of us will consult a psychiatrist in our life time. This book explains what psychiatry is, and what it is t. It starts with the identification of the major mental illnesses and why they are longer considered just variations of 'rmality'. It charts the rise of the Asylum and its demise with the developments of Care in the Community, and the flourishing of psychoanalysis and its later transformation into more accessible psychotherapies. More than any other branch of medicine psychiatry has been attacked and criticised. There is a long catalogue of abuses - from mundane neglect and bizarre treatments through to political abuse by totalitarian regimes. Modern psychiatry too brings with it new controversies such as the medicalization of rmal life, the power of the drug companies and the use of psychiatry as an agent of social control. The book does t shy away from outlining these issues but provides the reader with a clear understanding of what psychiatry is capable of, and what it is t capable of, so that they can draw their own conclusions. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
- Author BiographyTom Burns is Professor of Social Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and a practicing consultant psychiatrist in the NHS. His research has centred on community care of severely ill psychotic patients and, in addition to over a hundred and fifty scientific articles, he has written books on Assertive Outreach and Community Mental Health Teams.
- Author(s)Tom Burns
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication21/09/2006
- SubjectPsychiatry & Clinical Psychology: Professional
- Series TitleVery Short Introductions
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Note15 B&W
- Weight137 g
- Width110 mm
- Height170 mm
- Spine9 mm
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