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Desperate Remedies

Andrew Scull

Warwick’s presents
Andrew Scull
in conversation with David Lehman

Desperate Remedies

Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 7:30pm PDT

Warwick's
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
Desperate Remedies
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$35+tax: One reserved seat and one copy of DESPERATE REMEDIES, to be picked up at Warwick's the evening of the event

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On Thursday, May 26th at 7:30pm Warwick's will host Andrew Scull as he discusses and signs his book, Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry's Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illnessin conversation with David LehmanAndrew Scull is the author of Madness in Civilization, Hysteria: The Disturbing History, and Madhouse: A Tragic Tale of Megalomania and Modern Medicine, among other books. Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, he won the Roy Porter Medal for lifetime contribution to the history of medicine and the Eric Carlson award for lifetime contributions to the history of psychiatry. He has contributed to many documentaries, including PBS's Mysteries of Mental Illness (June 2021) and The Lobotomist. He blogs for Psychology Today and Mad in America and reviews for the TLS. He has written for the Atlantic, Scientific American, Paris Review, Wall Street Journal, and the Nation, among others.

For more than two hundred years, disturbances of the mind - the sorts of things that were once called "madness" - have been studied and treated by the medical profession. Mental illness, some insist, is a disease like any other, whose origins can be identified and from which one can be cured. But is this true?

In this masterful account of America's quest to understand and treat everything from anxiety to psychosis, one of the most provocative thinkers writing about psychiatry today sheds light on its tumultuous past. Desperate Remedies brings together a galaxy of mind doctors working in and out of institutional settings: psychologists and psychoanalysts, neuroscientists, and cognitive behavioral therapists, social reformers and advocates of mental hygiene, as well as patients and their families desperate for relief.

Andrew Scull begins with the birth of the asylum in the reformist zeal of the 1830s and carries us through to the latest drug trials and genetic studies. He carefully reconstructs the rise and fall of state-run mental hospitals to explain why so many of the mentally ill are now on the street and why so many of those whose bodies were experimented on were women. In his compelling closing chapters, he reveals how drug companies expanded their reach to treat a growing catalog of ills, leading to an epidemic of over-prescribing while deliberately concealing debilitating side effects.

Carefully researched and compulsively readable, Desperate Remedies is a definitive account of America's long battle with mental illness that challenges us to rethink our deepest assumptions about who we are and how we think and feel.

Dr. Lehman received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis Medical School and then completed his Psychiatry Residency at UCSD. He is currently Chief of the Cognitive Disorders Clinic at the VA Medical Center in San Diego as well as Medical Director of the Inpatient Unit. He is heavily involved in education in both the UCSD medical school as well as the residency training program, having won teaching awards in both departments. He is Associate Director for the third year Medical Student Psychiatry Clerkship and coordinates all of the fourth year Medical Student Psychiatry Sub-internships.

Desperate Remedies: Psychiatry's Turbulent Quest to Cure Mental Illness Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780674265103
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Belknap Press - May 17th, 2022