Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS,
University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal
From the high perspective of a career in psychiatry
and numerous writings in current anthropology comes a mighty flood of
observations upon the state of things in
medical-psychiatric-sociologic-anthropologic thinking of Europe and
America. The critique is passionate, and there is much to be dealt
The writer's experience and his long contemplation have given
him, as he says, "an anti-medical sensibility." He is not alone.
Many thoughtful persons have expressed unease about Western psychiatric
culture and theory. This volume considers such matters as psychologic
distress in women (with diagrams), the psychopathologies of
disadvantaged groups, Gulf War syndromes, genocides, soldier rapes in
recent wars, multiple personalities, "peripheral possession,"
"introspective witchcraft," theory of incest, "double
consciousness," and more. If the reader seeks a connecting thread, it
may be a collective cultural failure to recognize the ubiquitous
realities of dehumanization, domination, and force exerted by man on
man, man on woman, and doctor on patient.
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