Moving beyond Prozac, DSM, & the new psychiatry : the birth by Bradley Lewis

Specific Demographics

By Bradley Lewis

"Interesting and fresh-represents a huge and lively problem to a self-discipline that in the interim is caught in its personal units and desires a thorough critique to start to maneuver ahead."
--Paul McHugh, Johns Hopkins college tuition of Medicine

"Remarkable in its breadth-an attention-grabbing and worthy contribution to the burgeoning literature of the philosophy of psychiatry."
--Christian Perring, Dowling College

Moving past Prozac, DSM, and the hot Psychiatry seems to be at modern psychiatric perform from numerous serious views starting from Michel Foucault to Donna Haraway. This contribution to the burgeoning box of scientific humanities contends that psychiatry's movement clear of a theory-based version (one favoring psychoanalysis and different speak cures) to a extra medical version (based on new breakthroughs in neuroscience and pharmacology) has been dangerous to either the career and its consumers. This shift towards a science-based version comprises the codification of the Diagnostic and Statistical guide of psychological problems to the prestige of ordinary medical reference, permitting mental-health practitioners to assign a tidy type for any psychological disturbance or deviation. Psychiatrist and cultural experiences pupil Bradley Lewis argues for "postpsychiatry," a brand new psychiatric perform trained by way of the insights of poststructuralist theory.

Show description

Read More

American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History by Jenell Johnson

Specific Demographics

By Jenell Johnson

American Lobotomy stories a wide selection of representations of lobotomy to provide a rhetorical background of 1 of the main notorious methods within the historical past of drugs. the improvement of lobotomy in 1935 was once heralded as a “miracle therapy” that might empty the nation’s perennially blighted asylums. notwithstanding, in simple terms two decades later, lobotomists first and foremost praised for his or her “therapeutic braveness” have been condemned for his or her barbarity, a picture that has merely soured in next a long time. Johnson employs formerly deserted texts like technological know-how fiction, horror movie, political polemics, and conspiracy thought to teach how lobotomy’s entanglement with social and political narratives contributed to a strong photograph of the operation that persists to at the present time. The ebook provocatively demanding situations the background of drugs, arguing that rhetorical heritage is important to figuring out scientific background. It bargains a case learn of ways medication accumulates which means because it circulates in public tradition and argues for the necessity to comprehend biomedicine as a culturally positioned perform.

Show description

Read More

Wheelchair Warrior: Gangs, Disability and Basketball by Melvin Juette

Specific Demographics

By Melvin Juette

Melvin Juette has acknowledged that changing into paralyzed in a gang-related capturing used to be “both the worst and neatest thing that occurred” to him. The incident, he believes, definitely spared the then 16 year-old African American from criminal and/or an early loss of life. It reworked him in alternative routes, too. He attended university and made wheelchair basketball his passion—ultimately changing into a celebrity athlete and enjoying at the U.S. nationwide Wheelchair Basketball workforce.   In Wheelchair Warrior, Juette reconstructs the defining moments of his lifestyles with the help of sociologist Ronald Berger. His poignant memoir is bracketed via Berger’s considerate advent and end, which areas this narrative of race, type, masculinity and identification into right sociological context, displaying how higher social structural forces outlined his studies. whereas Juette’s tale by no means provides into melancholy, it does problem the assumption of the “supercrip.”

Show description

Read More

Rethinking Disability: Bodies, Senses, and Things by Michael Schillmeier

Specific Demographics

By Michael Schillmeier

This article is a serious and empirically-based creation to incapacity stories. It deals a entire, book-length research of incapacity during the lens of technology and expertise reports (STS), and offers a practice-oriented dialogue of the way our bodies, senses and issues are associated in way of life and configure "enabling" and "disabling" eventualities. suitable to a huge spectrum of clinical practitioners and training social carrier staff, the publication may also be crucial analyzing within the fields of incapacity experiences, sociology of the body/senses, scientific sociology and STS.

Show description

Read More