The Book of Woe

The Book of Woe

The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry

Book - 2013
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"Gary Greenberg has become the Dante of our psychiatric age, and the DSM-5 is his Inferno." --Errol Morris

Since its debut in 1952, the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has set down the "official" view on what constitutes mental illness. Homosexuality, for instance, was a mental illness until 1973. Each revision has created controversy, but the DSM-5 has taken fire for encouraging doctors to diagnose more illnesses--and to prescribe sometimes unnecessary or harmful medications.
Respected author and practicing psychotherapist Gary Greenberg embedded himself in the war that broke out over the fifth edition, and returned with an unsettling tale. Exposing the deeply flawed process behind the DSM-5's compilation, The Book of Woe reveals how the manual turns suffering into a commodity--and made the APA its own biggest beneficiary.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Group (USA) Inc., [2013]
ISBN: 9780142180921
Branch Call Number: 616.89
Characteristics: 403 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 06, 2016

This wasn't nearly as enthralling as I'd hoped. While the DSM-5 really is something that needs to be discussed, I found this book boring. I agree with the author on many points, but I guess it was the style that turned me off. He's intelligent but wildly out of touch with the reality of mental illness and more in touch with his own opinions.


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