Email this review


Everything you ever wanted to know about today's psychiatry--and more. Maxman chronicles the major biomedical revolution that has created a new, scientific psychiatry in the last decade. Biomedical advances have transformed mainstream American psychiatry, and the new blend of biology and psychology has dethroned the ruling order of psychoanalytic psychiatry, he says. To prove the point, he describes in detail the new drugs that have radically changed psychiatric practice, then guides readers through the maze of therapies available today --biological, psychosocial, behavioral. And that's not all. He also speaks for ""the new psychiatrist"" who has developed an eclectic, flexible approach to mental illness and ""problems of living."" To humanize the profession's image, he places psychiatrists on the couch and shows how ""shrinks think"" (His words) and what they do. This is a tall order, but Maxman handles it well, writing with refreshing candor and clarity about the therapist and his problems, public and private--how he arrives at a diagnosis, his reactions to patients. The book reads easily--it is written informally and leavened with anecdotes and snippets of dialogue. Not everyone will want to know as much as he tells about DMS III, the New Psychiatry's Bible (the third edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), or about neurons and synapses, antipsychotics and antidepressants. But this practical manual will enlighten the confused layman--or even the well-informed one.

Pub Date: May 16th, 1985
Publisher: Morrow