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Wisdom, Madness and Folly (Scottish Classics)
by R.D. Laing
Set in a European context, but written in the style of a Scottish radicalist, the author recounts his own upbringing as well as his personal and professional insights, questioning the role of the psychiatrist in today's society.
Paperback, 159 pages
Published June 14th 2001 by Canongate Us
(first published 1985)
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My most favorite psychology book of all times. The frustrations and challenges of being a psychology and the love for people communicated in an autobiography by one of the very good psychiatrists in England. His life-story and work is truly remarkable.
Ronald David Laing was a Scottish psychiatrist who wrote extensively on mental illness – in particular, the subjective experience of psychosis. Laing's views on the causes and treatment of serious mental dysfunction, greatly influenced by existential philosophy, ran counter to the psychiatric orthodoxy of the day by taking the expressed feelings of the individual patient or client as valid descrip...moreMore about R.D. Laing...