The Great Pretender Lib/E: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness

Author:   Susannah Cahalan ,  Christine Moreau
Publisher:   Grand Central Publishing
Edition:   Library Edition
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9781549103001


Publication Date:   05 November 2019
Format:   Audio  Audio Format
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The Great Pretender Lib/E: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness


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From one of America's most courageous young journalists (NPR) comes a propulsive narrative history investigating the 50-year-old mystery behind a dramatic experiment that changed the course of modern medicine. For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness-how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people-sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society-went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. Forced to remain inside until they'd proven themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan's watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever. But, as Cahalan's explosive new research shows, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors, and what does it mean for our understanding of mental illness today?

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Author:   Susannah Cahalan ,  Christine Moreau
Publisher:   Grand Central Publishing
Imprint:   Grand Central Publishing
Edition:   Library Edition
ISBN:  

9781549103001


ISBN 10:   1549103008
Publication Date:   05 November 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Audio
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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It's absorbing, sometimes sobering, sometimes seriously funny. Cahalan's narration makes the reading great fun, with an urgency occasionally akin to a thriller. -- Shelf Awareness


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Susannah Cahalan is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of BRAIN ON FIRE: My Month of Madness, a memoir about her struggle with a rare autoimmune disease of the brain. She writes for the New York Post. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American Magazine, Glamour, Psychology Today, and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn.

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