Mind Fixers - by Anne Harrington (Paperback)

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inches (W) x 1.1 Inches (D)
Weight: .65 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Psychology
Sub-Genre: History
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Format: Paperback
Author: Anne Harrington
Language: English
Street Date: June 16, 2020
TCIN: 79328626
UPC: 9780393358063
Item Number (DPCI): 247-30-6353
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


About the Book

"Superb... a nuanced account of biological psychiatry." --Richard J. McNally

Book Synopsis

In Mind Fixers, "the preeminent historian of neuroscience" (Science magazine) Anne Harrington explores psychiatry's repeatedly frustrated efforts to understand mental disorder. She shows that psychiatry's waxing and waning theories have been shaped not just by developments in the clinic and lab, but also by a surprising range of social factors. Mind Fixers recounts the past and present struggle to make mental illness a biological problem in order to lay the groundwork for creating a better future.

Review Quotes

A compelling story of the ongoing mission to understand and treat our troubled minds.--Nina MacLaughlin "Boston Globe"

A tale of promising roads that turned out to be dead ends, of treatments that seemed miraculous in their day but barbaric in retrospect, of public-health policies that were born in hope but destined for disaster.... Of value to historians of medicine.--Gary Greenberg "Atlantic"

By charting our fluctuating beliefs about our own minds, [Anne] Harrington effectively tells a story about the twentieth century itself.--Jerome Groopman "The New Yorker"

Disagreement is central to psychiatry, a fact that resonates throughout Anne Harrington's masterful history.--Philip Alcabes "Los Angeles Review of Books"

Enthralling.... Harrington takes us on a fascinating tour of the up-and-down history of pharmaceutical treatments for psychiatric disorders.--Alison Abbott "Nature"

Harrington's grasp of this story and the clarity with which, with limited moralism, she delivers a tale about the 'big picture' of psychiatry and neurology is emblematic of the historian's craft.--Stephen T. Casper "Science"

The story Harrington tells is one of push-and-pull, back-and-forth.... Intricate and winding, though her prose remains clear and crisp.--Jennifer Szalai "New York Times"

When it comes to doctoring the body, you have to go back to the 19th century to find a time when the theories were baseless... and the treatments often harmful.... For doctoring the mind, as Anne Harrington's fine history of psychiatry shows, that point is much more recent.-- "Economist"

A lucid and compelling analysis of the travails of psychiatry as it has attempted to ground its understanding of mental illness in biology.--Steven E. Hyman, director of the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research

Anne Harrington masterfully chronicles the hopes--and the hype--surrounding psychiatry's much-heralded 'biological revolution' in this penetrating, capacious, and immensely engaging account.--Elizabeth Lunbeck, author of The Americanization of Narcissism
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