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Crazy Like Us by Ethan Watters
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Feb 01, 2011

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Watters argues that American psychiatry's DSM is altering the landscape of mental illness around the world. He presents four very interesting stories to support this. The stories themselves don't seem like news, but he tells them in a vivid manner. My problem as I thought about the book is that I don't think that his examples fully support his thesis. If anorexia has morphed in Hong Kong, that does not explain its apparent increase in frequency. That increase is more related to the importing of American popular culture, where body image concerns do seem to foster anorexia. Nonetheless, this book is well worth reading for its compelling stories.

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