Moving Beyond Prozac, DSM, and the New Psychiatry: The Birth of Postpsychiatry

Author: Bradley Lewis


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  • ISBN: 9780472031177
  • Author: Bradley Lewis
  • Publ Date: 2006-01-15
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  • Pages: 240
  • Imprint: UNIVERSE BOOKS*
  • Status: ACT
  • ID - 5984


"Moving Beyond Prozac, DSM, and the New Psychiatry" offers an analysis and critique of contemporary psychiatric practice from a variety of critical perspectives, ranging from Michel Foucault to Donna Haraway. This contribution to the burgeoning field of medical humanities contends that psychiatry's move away from a theory-based model (one favoring psychoanalysis and other talk therapies) to a more scientific model (based on new breakthroughs in neuroscience and pharmacology) has been detrimental to both the profession and its clients. This shift towards a science-based model includes the codification of the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders to the status of standard scientific reference, enabling mental-health practitioners to assign tidy classifications for any mental disturbance or deviation. Psychiatrist and cultural studies scholar Bradley Lewis argues for "postpsychiatry," a new psychiatric practice informed by the insights of poststructuralist theory.


"Interesting and fresh - represents an important and vigorous challenge to a discipline that at the moment is stuck in its own devices and needs a radical critique to begin to move ahead." - Paul McHugh, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine"

Author Biography:

Bradley Lewis, M.D., Ph.D, is a psychiatrist at the New York University Medical Center and teaches in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study.


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