Blue Dreams: The Science And The Story Of The Drugs That Changed Our Minds by Lauren SlaterBlue Dreams: The Science And The Story Of The Drugs That Changed Our Minds by Lauren Slater

Blue Dreams: The Science And The Story Of The Drugs That Changed Our Minds

byLauren Slater

Hardcover | February 20, 2018 | Large Print

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"Capacious and rigorous . . . Blue Dreams, like all good histories of medicine, reveals healing to be art as much as science." --Parul Sehgal, New York Times

"Terrific." --@MichaelPollan

"Ambitious...Slater's depictions of madness are terrifying and fascinating." --USA Today

"A vivid and thought-provoking synthesis." --Harper's

A groundbreaking and revelatory history of psychotropic drugs, from "a thoroughly exhilarating and entertaining writer" (Washington Post)

Although one in five Americans now takes at least one psychotropic drug, the fact remains that nearly seventy years after doctors first began prescribing them, not even their creators understand exactly how or why these drugs work--or don't work--on what ails our brains. Blue Dreams offers the explosive story of the discovery and development of psychiatric medications, as well as the science and the people behind their invention, told by a riveting writer and psychologist who shares her own experience with the highs and lows of psychiatric drugs.

Lauren Slater's revelatory account charts psychiatry's journey from its earliest drugs, Thorazine and lithium, up through Prozac and other major antidepressants of the present. Blue Dreams also chronicles experimental treatments involving Ecstasy, magic mushrooms, the most cutting-edge memory drugs, placebos, and even neural implants. In her thorough analysis of each treatment, Slater asks three fundamental questions: how was the drug born, how does it work (or fail to work), and what does it reveal about the ailments it is meant to treat?

Fearlessly weaving her own intimate experiences into comprehensive and wide-ranging research, Slater narrates a personal history of psychiatry itself. In the process, her powerful and groundbreaking exploration casts modern psychiatry's ubiquitous wonder drugs in a new light, revealing their ability to heal us or hurt us, and proving an indispensable resource not only for those with a psychotropic prescription but for anyone who hopes to understand the limits of what we know about the human brain and the possibilities for future treatments.

Lauren Slater is the author of Welcome to My Country, Prozac Diary, Lying: A Metaphorical Memoir, and Opening Skinner's Box, among other books. She has received numerous awards, including a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship at MIT. Opening Skinner's Box was nominated for best scien...
Title:Blue Dreams: The Science And The Story Of The Drugs That Changed Our MindsFormat:Hardcover | Large PrintDimensions:576 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:February 20, 2018Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316552534

ISBN - 13:9780316552530

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Important Reading about Psychopharmacology Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Clinical Psychologist and best selling author of Prozac Diary, Dr. Lauren Slater, is a fascinating history of psychopharmacology told with scientific rigour along with the empathic recounting of the author’s own experiences. I enjoyed the chapters on antidepressants and on placebos but the chapters that really blew me away were the ones on psychedelics. Reading these chapters on MDMA and Psilocybins made me cautiously optimistic that a breakthrough for treating mental illness may be in our not too distant future. At times, the book got a little long winded, but overall I recommend this important book for anyone wanting a better understanding of treating mental illness. With gratitude to Dr. Slater for this important book and bringing empathy to a subject that is still too often stigmatized. Thank you to NetGalley and Little, Brown and Company for the ebook Advanced Readers Copy.
Date published: 2018-04-15

Editorial Reviews

"Engaging,provocative, and even fun."-New England Journal of Medicine