Book Review: “Cracked: Why Psychiatry is Doing More Harm than Good”

I have long been wary of efforts to explain mental health problems simply and uncritically as illnesses. This important new book confirms that I was right to do so. The author is an anthropologist and psychotherapist, and so is well placed to comment on such matters.

This is a very well-written book – intellectually sound, but written in an accessible way. It is based in large part on interviews with a number of key people in the history of the medical model of mental disorder. The author provides a cogent critique of dominant ways of thinking about mental distress, and presents convincing arguments that there is little evidence to support a disease conception of such matters. He shows how the whole history of psychiatry has been based on some very unsound thinking and unsupported assumptions and assertions….

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