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The great pretender : the undercover mission that changed our understanding of madness / Susannah Cahalan.

Cahalan, Susannah, (author.).

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Summary:

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 Rosenhan and seven other people--sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society--went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. Forced to remain inside until they'd "proven" themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan's watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever. But, as Cahalan's explosive new research shows, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors, and what does it mean for our understanding of mental illness today? -- from book jacket.
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Harney County Library 616.89 CAHAL (Text) 37720000596536 Adult Non-Fiction Book Branch_Only_3months 01/14/2020 Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781538715284
  • ISBN: 1538715287
  • Physical Description: xiii, 382 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2019.

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General Note:
"In 1973, a charismatic doctor convinced eight healthy people to commit themselves to mental hospitals. They had to prove their sanity to be set free. Their undercover mission would change our understanding of madness forever." -- from front cover.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [307]-366) and index.
Summary, etc.:
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 Rosenhan and seven other people--sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society--went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. Forced to remain inside until they'd "proven" themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan's watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever. But, as Cahalan's explosive new research shows, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors, and what does it mean for our understanding of mental illness today? -- from book jacket.
Subject: Rosenhan, David L.
Mental illness > Diagnosis.
Mental illness > Treatment.
Psychiatric hospital care > United States > Evaluation.
Mental health services > United States.
Psychiatry > Research.
Rosenhan, David L.
Mental Disorders > diagnosis.
Mental Disorders > drug therapy.
Mental Health Services.
Attitude of Health Personnel.
Research Design.
Psychiatry.
United States.

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