The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission that Changed our Understanding of Madness

Awards:   Short-listed for Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2020 (UK)
Author:   Susannah Cahalan
Publisher:   Canongate Books Ltd
Edition:   Main
ISBN:  

9781838851415


Pages:   400
Publication Date:   02 January 2020
Format:   Hardback
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The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission that Changed our Understanding of Madness


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  • Short-listed for Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2020 (UK)

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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
Publisher:   Canongate Books Ltd
Imprint:   Canongate Books Ltd
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Width: 14.40cm , Height: 3.60cm , Length: 22.00cm
Weight:   0.509kg
ISBN:  

9781838851415


ISBN 10:   1838851410
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   02 January 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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People have asked me over the years: if they liked The Psychopath Test, what should they read next? I now have an answer. Susannah Cahalan's The Great Pretender is such an achievement. It's a wonderful look at the anti-psychiatry movement and a great adventure - gripping, investigative. It's destined to become a popular and important book -- JON RONSON Utterly compelling . . . important and spirited * * Observer * * Bold, brave, and original, The Great Pretender grips you as tightly as the madness it investigates. Cahalan writes with enormous intelligence and style, and propels you through this dark and fascinating journey into psychiatry and the very nature of sanity -- SUSAN ORLEAN Breathtaking! Cahalan's brilliant, timely and important book reshaped my understanding of mental health, psychiatric hospitals and the history of scientific research. A must-read for anyone who's ever been to therapy, taken a brain-altering drug or wondered why mental patients were released in droves in the 1980s. And a thrilling, eye-opening read even for those who thought they weren't affected by the psychiatric world -- ADA CALHOUN Gripping account of a study that rocked the foundational concepts of how we judge sanity . . . A well-told story fraught with both mystery and real-life aftershocks that set the psychiatric community on its ear * * Kirkus (starred review) * *


People have asked me over the years: if they liked The Psychopath Test, what should they read next? I now have an answer. Susannah Cahalan's The Great Pretender is such an achievement. It's a wonderful look at the anti-psychiatry movement and a great adventure - gripping, investigative. It's destined to become a popular and important book -- JON RONSON Bold, brave, and original, The Great Pretender grips you as tightly as the madness it investigates. Calahan writes with enormous intelligence and style, and propels you through this dark and fascinating journey into psychiatry and the very nature of sanity -- SUSAN ORLEAN Breathtaking! Cahalan's brilliant, timely and important book reshaped my understanding of mental health, psychiatric hospitals and the history of scientific research. A must-read for anyone who's ever been to therapy, taken a brain-altering drug or wondered why mental patients were released in droves in the 1980s. And a thrilling, eye-opening read even for those who thought they weren't affected by the psychiatric world -- ADA CALHOUN Gripping account of a study that rocked the foundational concepts of how we judge sanity . . . A well-told story fraught with both mystery and real-life aftershocks that set the psychiatric community on its ear * * Kirkus (starred review) * *


People have asked me over the years: if they liked The Psychopath Test, what should they read next? I now have an answer. Susannah Cahalan's The Great Pretender is such an achievement. It's a wonderful look at the anti-psychiatry movement and a great adventure - gripping, investigative. It's destined to become a popular and important book -- JON RONSON Bold, brave, and original, The Great Pretender grips you as tightly as the madness it investigates. Cahalan writes with enormous intelligence and style, and propels you through this dark and fascinating journey into psychiatry and the very nature of sanity -- SUSAN ORLEAN Breathtaking! Cahalan's brilliant, timely and important book reshaped my understanding of mental health, psychiatric hospitals and the history of scientific research. A must-read for anyone who's ever been to therapy, taken a brain-altering drug or wondered why mental patients were released in droves in the 1980s. And a thrilling, eye-opening read even for those who thought they weren't affected by the psychiatric world -- ADA CALHOUN Gripping account of a study that rocked the foundational concepts of how we judge sanity . . . A well-told story fraught with both mystery and real-life aftershocks that set the psychiatric community on its ear * * Kirkus (starred review) * *


Author Information

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 lives in Brooklyn. @scahalan | susannahcahalan.com

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