*** Mind Fixers by Anne Harrington

 

Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness exposes the sorry state of psychiatry, a specialty that is still struggling to define diagnoses with more than uncertain bundles of often self-reported symptoms. The author shows how social and political movements, a mindless belief in Freudian theory, and big pharma have all conspired to slow down progress towards finding unequivocal biological markers for psychiatric diseases, and better treatments. Not a happy story, although there is hope.

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