Psychiatry and the Business of Madness: An Ethical and Epistemological Accounting
This latest book by Bonnie Burstow, PhD critiques psychiatry, and effectively annihilates any claims that the profession might have had legitimacy.
Bonnie gives us a scholarly, but very readable, account of:
- the history of psychiatry, ancient and modern
- the significance and shortcomings of the DSM
- the legal, ethical, and personal ramifications of involuntary „treatment“
- the training of psychiatrists and the dynamics underlying their uncritical acceptance of their profession’s spurious concepts and destructive treatments
- the ways in which non-psychiatrist mental health workers are co-opted into the system, and become, often despite good intentions, supporters and active participants in the psychiatric travesty
- the role and tactics of the psycho-pharma industry
- the stark, destructive, degrading realities of electric shock „treatment.“
In the final chapter, Bonnie offers us a glimpse of what an alternative approach might look like.