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Title:
Social order/mental disorder : Anglo-American psychiatry in historical perspective
Author:
Scull, Andrew, 1946-
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Publication Information:
Berkeley : University of California Press, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
xi, 360 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780520064065
Format :
Book

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A collection of 13 previously published essays by Andrew Scull. All but one first appeared before 1985. Many of the essays appeared in journals outside of the discipline of history. As one might expect, there is virtually no continuity between the chapters, other than an anti-psychiatric theme. No attempt is made to revise or update the essays in light of the excellent research conducted in the last five years by American and British scholars. Moreover, historians will find fault with Scull's eccentric use of historical documentation, heavy reliance on secondary sources, and excessive use of long quotes. It is also rather surprising that although the author is a sociologist and presumably familiar with quantitative methodology, there is very little offered in this type of empirical evidence. Finally, the proposed existence of an omnipotent "Anglo-American" psychiatric tradition, as suggested in the title, is under-argued and reflective of a rather weak understanding of American history. -R. F. White, College of Mount St. Joseph on the Ohio