The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry
Allen Lane 2013
Hardback 384pp 240x165mm
9781846144653   Product Code: 19280
Psychiatry is a polemical battleground, damned by sociologists as an instrument of social control but held up by self-help gurus as the key to emotional wellbeing. Tom Burns, who has spent 40 years as a psychiatrist, sets out the debates and contradictions at the heart of the science, traces its historical development and shows that both mental illness and our drive to relieve the suffering it causes are intimately tied to what makes us human.