• by Jeffrey A Lieberman, Ogi Ogas
  • Narrated by Graham Corrigan
  • 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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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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- Ben


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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- Andy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-03-2015
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group