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:  

9781838851446


Pages:   400
Publication Date:   16 July 2020
Format:   Paperback
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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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In the early 1970s, Stanford professor Dr Rosenhan conducted an experiment, sending sane patients into psychiatric wards; the result of which was a damning paper about psychiatric practises. The ripple effects of this paper helped bring the field of psychiatry to its knees, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever. But what if that ground-breaking and now-famous experiment was itself deeply flawed? And what does that mean for our understanding of mental illness today? These are the questions Susannah Cahalan asks in her completely engrossing investigation into this staggering case, where nothing is quite as it seems.

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Author:   Susannah Cahalan
Publisher:   Canongate Books Ltd
Imprint:   Canongate Books Ltd
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 2.40cm , Length: 19.80cm
Weight:   0.267kg
ISBN:  

9781838851446


ISBN 10:   1838851445
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   16 July 2020
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   Out of stock   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 * * A fascinating piece of detection . . . passionate [and] a warning against easy answers * * Sunday Times * * A vivid account . . . An impressive feat of investigative journalism - tenaciously conducted, appealingly written . . . as compelling as a detective novel * * Economist * * I wasn't really prepared for the story Cahalan ends up telling. That she discovered the truth about Rosenhan is a testimony to her dogged research. That this truth was inconvenient for her own outlook on psychiatry is a compliment to her integrity. She writes it all very well too, with clarity, economy and style * * The Times * * A well-crafted, gripping narrative that succeeds on many levels. Cahalan, who gained the trust of Rosenhan's family, is meticulous and sensitive in her research; compelling and insightful in her writing. She accurately conveys the troubles that have haunted psychiatry over the past half-century . . . her book, which I hope wins awards, has immense value as a historical account * * Financial Times * * Brilliant detective work . . . fascinating * * Guardian * * The Great Pretender recounts the remarkable investigation that [Cahalan] undertook. The book reads like a fascinating real-life detective story . . . Exposing what [Rosenhan] got up to is a quite exceptional accomplishment, and Cahalan recounts the story vividly and with great skill * * Spectator * * Cahalan tells this whole story not simply with dramatic flair but also with the passion of a former patient whose own misdiagnosis . . . almost resulted in her death * * Times Literary Supplement * * A gripping work of detection * * Daily Mail * *


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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