Books by Edward Shorter

THE MADNESS OF FEAR by Edward Shorter
Released: July 28, 2018

"A fine study of desperate patients and the shrinks who failed them."
The psychiatric establishment blew it on one of the most important mental illnesses, according to this academic treatise. Read full book review >
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Released: March 1, 2013

"Enlivened by literary anecdotes, but less appealing as social history."
Shorter (Psychiatry and History of Medicine/Toronto Univ.; co-author: Endocrine Psychiatry, 2010, etc.) charges that current diagnoses of mood disorders are fatally flawed and becoming "close to unintelligible." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 24, 1997

"While psychiatrists may quibble and Freudians and other psychoanalysts will surely squawk, those without a vested interest will be thoroughly entertained and certainly enlightened."
An opinionated, anecdote-rich history of a branch of medicine strongly shaped by culture. Read full book review >
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Released: Nov. 29, 1993

"Devotees of medical lore will find this a treasure trove."
Lively, anecdote-filled account of how culture interacts with biology to produce different sets of psychosomatic symptoms in different groups of people. Read full book review >
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Released: Dec. 16, 1991

"A fine, example-filled account of how different times and different mores produce different psychosomatic illnesses."
Like other cultural phenomena, psychosomatic illnesses are subject to changes in fashion; here, Shorter (The Healthy Century, 1987, etc.) has applied his considerable skill in researching medical history to an examination of these trends from the mid-18th century to the present. Read full book review >