Our Necessary Shadow

    Our Necessary Shadow

    The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry

    Tom Burns

    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.

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