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The Reality of Mental Illness - Martin Roth

The Reality of Mental Illness

Paperback Published: 13th October 1986
ISBN: 9780521337618
Number Of Pages: 140

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This book is psychiatry's reply to the diverse group of antipsychiatrists, including Laing, Foucault, Goffman, Szasz and Bassaglia, that has made fashionable the view that mental illness is merely socially deviant behaviour and that psychiatrists are agents of the capitalist society seeking to repress such behaviour. It establishes, by the use of evidence from historical and transcultural studies, that mental illness has been recognised in all cultures since the beginning of history and goes on to explore the philosophical and medical basis for psychiatry's diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Finally, it tackles two issues where psychiatry has recently been seen as at odds with the values prevailing in society: involuntary hospitalization and the insanity defence. The Reality of Mental Illness does not pretend to offer simple answers to the complex problems it discusses, but will leave the reader with a much greater understanding of psychiatry's aims, practices and problems.

Mental illness, psychiatry and its critics
Disorders of the mind and the role of medicine in historical perspective
The evidence from transcultural enquiries
A consideration of the mind-body problem and its bearing on the concept of disease
Medical and alternative models of mental disease
Social, ethical and philosophical aspects of involuntary hospitalization and the insanity defence
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ISBN: 9780521337618
ISBN-10: 0521337615
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 13th October 1986
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 0.84
Weight (kg): 0.21