The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness
For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness-how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer ...more
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David Rosenhan and his brave colleagues entered asylums undercover in order to come out diagnosed out the yin-yang, but better able to expose the atrocities and systemic problems in mental health treatment at the time. On top of that, Ca ...more
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I was so excited to read this book because I loved her first book, BRAIN ON FIRE, which was her own journalism-style memoir chronicling her experience with autoimmune encephalitis that manifested itself with symptoms similar to schizophrenia. Had she been misdiagnosed, she could have ended up with permanent brain damage-- or dead. Given that close call, it's understandable that the author might have some skepticism about psychology. A lo ...more
by Maris Kreizman
Susannah Cahalan was not okay. Over the course of a month she went from being a fully functioning young reporter to suffering from psychosis and hallucinations, a step away from being diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. In her devastating 2012 memoir, Brain On Fire, Cahalan details how a neurological disease not only caused her body to attack her brain, but also caused her to question her own sanity.
Susannah is fully recovered now, but what would have happened ...more
If sanity and insanity exist ... how shall we know them?These questions not only began Rosenhan's seminal study, they shaped the bulk of Cahalan's The Great Pretender. Rosenhan was a Stanford professor of psychology and law when he published "On Being Sane in Insane Places" (OBSIP) in 1973 in Science. He described how eight healthy adults presented themselves as having auditory halluc ...more
- David Rosenhan
I hate that I found this book so very disappointing. The author states the book is about Rosenhan and his pseudopatient study which I was excited to learn more about after it was mentioned briefly during my undergrad degree. Maybe 1 1/2 chapters is about Rosenhan’s experience in a psychiatric hospital along with a few experiences mentioned by the other pseudopatients. This book is mostly a history of psyc ...more
Opening Thesis: Everyone needs drugs
Main Diagnosis: SCHIZOPHRENIA
Plot Researchy-ness: Up to your eyeballs in straight FACTS
Before you go into reading this book, you must first understand the true premise. It is NOT a history of psychiatry and psychiatric hospitals, though those things are discussed to fully understand what Dr. David Rosenhan was doing. But this book is almost totally about Dr. David Rosenhan and his study from the 1970s that looked to expose how psychiatry ...more
My Rating: 2/5 stars
Let me start by saying I typically tend to enjoy an non-fiction reads. I love learning and the plot of this book was so interesting to me. I mean it claims to be the real story of eight people who went undercover as psych patients into asylums in the 1970s. It sounds so exciting and enlighting. Well the most exciting part was the summary on the back cover.
The writing style of this book is awful. It’s like a drunk aunt or a wild college ...more
This book taught me so much about mental health, psychology and its developments and discoveries over the years and I learned A LOT about the lack of basis for diagnosing people.
"For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness-how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Ro ...more
This book had a lot of potential to describe the true failings of past and modern psychiatry through the lens of Rosenhan’s famous study where several healthy people had themselves committed to mental institutions to see how they ...more
Wow, this was a really eye-opening look at the history of how we deal with people struggling with mental illness in this country. I read Cahalan's previous book, Brain on Fire, and really loved the description of her progression from how she wrote that book into this one. In short, she came to the realization that people (including doctors, nurses, etc) treated her differently once she was diagnosed with auto-immune disease vs. thin ...more
She lambasted psychiatrists who have spent decades studying their discipline and cast doubts on the fact that psychiatry is directly related to the science of the brain (which it like.. totally is). Don't get me wrong, she also would mention very important topics that merit mor ...more
The Great Pretender follows the author Cahalan as she dives deep into the 1973 ground breaking study about the treatment of patients at asylums. Cahalan sets out to discover the truth behind the study and interview its participants.
As mentioned previously, The ...more
The author often discusses a number of points, but then will meander to o ...more
A fascinating and in-depth exploration into David Rosenhan’s ground-breaking experiment published in 1973 "On Being Sane in Insane Places".
The experiment involved 7 (or 8?) pseudopatients (including Rosenhan himself) having themselves admitted into mental institutions under false pretenses. Rosenthan’s paper presented some damming results for the institutions and psychiatry in general.
The publication of this ‘experiment’ shook the psychiatric ...more
Trust me, once you get to chapter 19 ...more
Alright, back to The Great Pretender. This book explores the misdiagnosis of mental illness and the differential treat ...more
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