shopping cart
nothing in cart
 
browse by subject
new releases
best sellers
sale books
browse by author
browse by publisher
home
about us
upcoming events
Sep 23rd - Integrating EMDR into Your Clinical Practice: Five-Day Intensive in Vancouver [Leading Edge Seminars]
Sep 23rd - Mental Health for All CMHA National Conference: Connection Interrupted: Restoring Mental Health in a Fractured World [Canadian Mental Health Association]
Sep 23rd - Digital Media Use in Youth: Mental health and screen time, a force for good or evil? Navigating the tensions between risk and opportunity associated with youth digital media use. [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
Sep 24th - Building Recovery Capital in Canada: Building on Our Strengths to Overcome Addiction - Nova Scotia [Last Door Recovery Society]
Sep 24th - Children at the Bedside: Preparing children for the death of someone close to them [SickKids CCMH Learning Institute]
schools agencies and other institutional orders (click here)
Before Prozac : The Troubled History of Mood Disorders in Psychiatry
Shorter, Edward, PhD
Oxford University Press / Hardcover / 2008-11-01 / 0195368746
Psychiatry / Social & Political Issues
price: $33.95 (may be subject to change)
336 pages
Not in stock - ships in 1 to 2 weeks.

Psychiatry today is a barren tundra, writes medical historian Edward Shorter, where drugs that don't work are used to treat diseases that don't exist. In this provocative volume, Shorter illuminates this dismal landscape, in a revealing account of why psychiatry is "losing ground" in the struggle to treat depression.

Naturally, the book looks at such culprits as the pharmaceutical industry, which is not inclined to market drugs once the patent expires, leading to the endless introduction of new--but not necessarily better--drugs. But the heart of the book focuses on an unexpected villain: the FDA, the very agency charged with ensuring drug safety and effectiveness. Shorter describes how the FDA permits companies to test new products only against placebo. If you can beat sugar pills, you get your drug licensed, whether or not it is actually better than (or even as good as) current medications, thus sweeping from the shelves drugs that may be superior but have lost patent protection.

The book also examines the FDA's early power struggles against the drug industry, an influence-grab that had little to do with science, and which left barbiturates, opiates, and amphetamines all underprescribed, despite the fact that under careful supervision they are better at treating depression, with fewer side effects, than the newer drugs in the Prozac family. Shorter also castigates academia, showing how two forms of depression, melancholia and nonmelancholia--"as different from each other as chalk and cheese"--became squeezed into one dubious classification, major depression, which was essentially a political artifact born of academic infighting.

An astonishing and troubling look at modernpsychiatry, Losing Ground is a book that is sure to spark controversy for years to come.

Caversham Booksellers
98 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Canada
(click for map and directions)
All prices in $cdn
Copyright 2019

Phone toll-free (800) 361-6120
Tel (416) 944-0962 | Fax (416) 944-0963
E-mail info@cavershambooksellers.com
Hours: 9-6 M-W / 9-7 Th-F / 10-6 Sat / 12-5 Sun EST

search
Click here to read previous issues.
authors
Shorter, Edward
other lists
Canadian Authors
Canadian Authors in Psychoanalysis
Featured OUP Titles - AG
Oxford U Press - Trade Titles
Oxford University Press
Psychiatry
Social & Political Issues
Toronto Authors
U of T Dept Psychiatry Authors
University Presses