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Doctoring the Mind: Is Our Current Treatment of Mental Illness Really Any Good?

Richard P. Bentall


Toward the end of the twentieth century, the solution to mental illness seemed to be found. It lay in biological solutions, focusing on mental illness as a problem of the brain, to be managed or improved through drugs. We entered the “Prozac Age” and believed we had moved far beyond the time of frontal lobotomies to an age of good and successful mental healthcare. Biological psychiatry had triumphed. Except maybe it hadn't. Starting with surprising evidence from the World Health Organization that suggests that people recover better from mental illness in a developing country than in the first ... More

Keywords: mental illness, Prozac, mental healthcare, mental healthcare services, psychiatric practice, mental health treatment, madness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780814791486
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814791486.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard P. Bentall, author