The Dialectics of Schizophrenia

Full Title The Dialectics of Schizophrenia
ISBN 1853433616
ISBN13 9781853433610
Publisher Free Association Books Limited
Authors Philip Thomas
Overview Defining the nature of schizophrenia continues to be one ofthe central challenges left to psychiatry and medical science. Biological, psychological and political (social and economic) factors have all been implicated from time to time. Some writers have even claimed that the condition does not exist at all and is merely a convenient label under which the medical establishment places people whose behaviour is difficult to understand and treat, to the betterment of the interests of the drug industry. The Dialectics of Schizophrenia summarizes the various approaches and points up their weaknesses and strengths. Refreshingly, author Philip Thomas does not join one or other of the various camps but shows how each perspective is actually necessary if we are to advance to a better understanding of what schizophrenia is. We can only move on if each party to the debate (professionals and users) participates in this discourse on an equal basis. By engaging in open-minded dialogue, it is possible to relate theoretical and experiential components to produce an informed overview. e points are illustrated through recent work by the author and his colleagues with people who hear voices, which demonstrates that e experiences are thoroughly understandable in the context of the individual's life history and social and cultural factors. The Dialectics of Schizophrenia will be a significant contribution to the ongoing literature on this highly contentious topic.

Thomas may become the new Clare in the eyes of the psychiatrists. For the non-medical readership interested in mental health, this book is a gem. It provides an authoritative summary of most of the main positions taken up by those interested in understanding and responding to madness. Its clarity of style and its patient explanation of technical detail are a refreshing corrective to the professional literature on 'schizophrenia' it digests. The Dialectics of Schizophrenia is an excercise in demystification. OpenMind 87 September/October 1997

A modestly priced, radical but readable, critique of current theory and practice. British Journal of Psychiatry Jan 1998

Undoubtedly one of the most readable accounts of Scizophrenia research to be published in recent years, and one I would certainly recommend to students who are seeking an overview which gives due weight to the controversies. Mental Health Care January 1998

Dimensions 5.86 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)
Subjects Schizophrenia & Other Psychotic Disorders

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