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The Concepts of Psychiatry: A Pluralistic Approach to the Mind and Mental Illness
Because most psychiatric illnesses are complex phenomena, no single method or approach is sufficient to explain them or the experiences of persons who suffer from them. In The Concepts of Psychiatry S. Nassir Ghaemi, M.D. argues that the discipline of psychiatry can therefore be understood best from a pluralistic perspective. Grounding his approach in the works of Paul McH ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Johns Hopkins University Press
(first published September 29th 2003)
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This is a very worthwhile study of the uses and abuses of science in mental health and medicine in general, as well as of the role of philosophy in determining mental health approaches. Some of the philosophical efforts have weak spots, but on the whole, this is worth reading for an understanding of the limits of mental health treatment; the limits of science, the importance of discipline in choosing and following treatment modalities, and the problems with blindly asserting one's membership in ...more