The Making of DSM-III: A Diagnostic Manuals Conquest of American Psychiatry

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byHannah Decker

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In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association decided to publish a revised edition of their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). There was great hope that a new manual would display psychiatry as a scientific field and aid in combating the attacks of an aggressive anti-psychiatry movementthat had persisted for more than a decade.The Making of DSM-III is a book about the manual that resulted in 1980-DSM-III - a far-reaching revisionist work that created a revolution in American psychiatry. Its development precipitated a historic clash between the DSM-III Task Force - a group of descriptive, empirically oriented psychiatristsand psychologists - and the psychoanalysts the Task Force was determined to dethrone from their dominance in American psychiatry. DSM-III also inaugurated an era in which it and the diagnostic manuals that followed played enormous roles in the daily lives of persons and organizations all over theworld, for the DSMs have been translated into many languages.The radical revision process was led by the psychiatrist Robert L. Spitzer, a many-talented man of great determination, energy, and tactical skills, arguably the most influential psychiatrist of the second half of the 20th Century. Spitzer created as major a change in descriptive psychiatry andclassification as had the renowned German psychiatrist Emil Kraepelin, almost a century earlier. Kraepelin had been the epochal delineator of dementia praecox from manic-depressive illness, the forerunners of modern schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.In her book, Hannah Decker portrays the many internal and external battles that roiled the creation of DSM-III and analyzes both its positive achievements and significant drawbacks. She also astutely explores the deleterious effects of the violent swings in scientific orientation that have dominatedpsychiatry over the past 200 years and are still alive today. Decker has written a revealing and exciting book that is based on archival sources never before used as well as extensive interviews with the psychiatrists and psychologists who have brought into being the psychiatry we know today.

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In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association decided to publish a revised edition of their Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). There was great hope that a new manual would display psychiatry as a scientific field and aid in combating the attacks of an aggressive anti-psychiatry movementthat had persisted for more than a decade.Th...

Hannah S. Decker is a cultural historian of psychiatry and Professor of History at the University of Houston. She is also Adjunct Professor in Medical History in the Menninger Dept. of Psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine and an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (Houston). Her publications include ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IllustrationsIntroductionHistory1. A Pivotal Three Decades: American Psychiatry After World War IIChronicle I: "Weller Than Well"Chronicle II: "Psychiatry Kills"Chronicle III: "Pseudopatients" and "Sexual Deviations"2. Emil Kraepelin: Birth of Modern Descriptive Psychiatry3. Kraepelin's Progeny: The "Neo-Kraepelinians"People4. Robert L. Spitzer, Psychiatric Revolutionary5. The DSM-III Task Force and Psychiatric EmpiricismMaking6. A Brief History of Modern Classification and Problems with Reliability in Diagnosis7. The Revolution Begins, 1973-19768. A Snapshot in Time: DSM-III in Midstream, 19769. The Eruption of Discord Following the Midstream Conference10. Clinicians Vs. Researchers again and New Antagonisms Over Sexuality11. The Psychoanalytic Awakening to DSM-III12. The Field Trials and Yet More Controversies13. The Final WeeksConclusionNotesInterviewsBibliographyIndexAbout the Author