The Emperor’s New Drugs

  • by Irving Kirsch PhD
  • Narrated by Richard Powers
  • 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Irving Kirsch has the world doubting the efficacy of antidepressants. Do they work, or are they no better than placebos? Like his colleagues, Kirsch spent years referring patients to psychiatrists to have their depression treated with drugs. Eventually, however, he decided to investigate for himself just how effective the drugs actually were.
With 15 years of research, Kirsch demonstrates that what everyone “knew” about antidepressants is wrong; what the medical community considered a cornerstone of psychiatric treatment is little more than a faulty consensus. But The Emperor’s New Drugs does more than just criticize: it offers a path society can follow to stop popping pills and start proper treatment.
About the author: Irving Kirsch, PhD, a native of New York City, is a professor of psychology at the University of Hull, United Kingdom, as well as professor emeritus at the University of Connecticut. He lives in Hull, England.


What the Critics Say

“[Kirsch’s] case that the drugs’ benefits are due to placebo and enhanced placebo effect is fascinating and demands urgent research…Clearly, it’s time for a big rethink of what constitutes mental illness and about how to treat it.” ( New Scientist)
The Emperor’s New Drugs absolutely dismantles the case for antidepressants as a pharmacologically effective treatment.” ( Psychology Today)
“[A] spare, remarkably engrossing book…Kirsch is a faithful proponent of the scientific method, and his voice therefore brings a welcome objectivity to a subject often swayed by anecdotes, emotions, or…self-interest.” ( New York Review of Books)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great insights, but depression not a disease?

This book has some great insights and puts into perspective some of the very damaging practices used to 'evaluate,' drug efficacy. My one issue with both the book and author are that in spite of this insight he seems to be under the impression that depression is not actually a disease. Nor are there any suggestions for actual effective treatments for depression.
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- Manu

MH, big pharma and the Placebo Effect

This is a well presented review of key Mental Health treatment research. The Author spends a significant part of the book explaining in detail the Placebo Effect and its history / Evidence.

A good book with some very valid points and evidence, Now get some Excersise and CBT!
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- Stepram

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.