Hippocrates Cried: The Decline of American Psychiatry

Hardcover | May 8, 2013

byMichael A. Taylor

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Hippocrates Cried offers an eye-witness account of the decline of American psychiatry by an experienced psychiatrist and researcher. Arguing that patients with mental disorders are no longer receiving the care they need, Dr. Taylor suggests that modern psychiatrists in the U.S. rely tooheavily on the DSM, a diagnostic tool that fails to properly diagnose many cases of mental disorder and often neglects important conditions or symptoms. American psychiatry has come to reflect simplistic algorithms forged by pharmaceutical companies, rather than true scientific methodology. Fewprofessionals have a working knowledge of psychopathology outside of what is outlined in the DSM, and more mental health patients are being treated by primary care physicians than ever before.Dr. Taylor creates a passionate yet scholarly account of this issue. For psychiatrists and researchers, this book is a plea for help. Combining personal vignettes and informative data, it creates a powerful illustration of a medical field in turmoil. For the general reader, Hippocrates Cried willprovide a fresh perspective on an issue that rarely receives the attention it requires. This book strips American psychiatry of its modern misconceptions and seeks to save a form of medicine no longer rooted in science.

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Hippocrates Cried offers an eye-witness account of the decline of American psychiatry by an experienced psychiatrist and researcher. Arguing that patients with mental disorders are no longer receiving the care they need, Dr. Taylor suggests that modern psychiatrists in the U.S. rely tooheavily on the DSM, a diagnostic tool that fails t...

Michael A. Taylor, MD, lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he works as an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. He previously worked as professor emeritus at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Illinois. He was founding editor of the peer-reviewed journal, "Cognitive...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:May 8, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionHippocratesThe Hippocratic OathsThe Patient VignettesAcknowledgements1. The Origins of IndignationLesions learned in a teaching hospitalDogma derails dataThe US navy as a model for neuropsychiatryDecision2. First do no HarmThe deadly mind-body dichotomyConversion disorder, a classic psychiatric pejorativeThe decline of psychiatric care in the USA3. Free of Injustice and MischiefModels of psychiatric disoMischief emergesThe injustice of a corrupting influenceShell games4. For the benefit of the SickBeneficence: the fundamental imperative of medicineClinical diagnosis requires disciplined curiosityElectroconvulsive therapy and beneficenceThe most dangerous of doctors5. PeevesMoral short-comingsCommunity psychiatry's overreachChild psychiatristsAnti-psychiatry groups and state legislaturesThe rapacious health insurance industry and their minionsAcademic psychiatristsMyths6. Survival of the FitA rudderless shipA specialty offering nothing specialReduced habitatLittle advantage at a higher costThe Process of extinction7. Back to the Future: The Once and Future KingA brainless diagnostic systemAn alternative diagnostic approachA neuropsychiatrist definedThe principles of neuropsychiatryThe biopsychosocial regressionNeuropsychiatry marginalizedBack to the futureChapter End NotesReference List