The Pathological Family: Postwar America and the Rise of Family Therapy
by Deborah Weinstein
Cornell University Press, 2013. 280 pages.
In ‘The Pathological Family’, Deborah Weinstein argues that in mid-20th century America, researchers and clinicians developed a new mode of therapy to treat families focusing on structural and relational aspects of family life. In doing so, they implicitly acknowledged …
The International Journal of Epidemiology just published a special supplement, edited by Anne Lovell and Ezra Susser and entitled “History of Psychiatric Epidemiology.” The supplement consists of an introduction by Lovell and Susser and five articles, the abstracts of which are below.
What might be a history of psychiatric epidemiology? Towards a social history and conceptual account
Jean Oury died on May 15, 2014. The 300-word obituary written by Élisabeth Roudinesco for Le Monde was certainly proportionate to the awareness of the man and his work, but wholly unequal to his influence and reach within medical thought and intellectual life in France for more than a half century. Oury, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, created a legacy along …
The current issue of Children & Society is a special issue entitled “Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Global Perspectives.” The issue is edited by Brenda A. LeFrançois and Vicki Coppock, who introduce it in their piece, “Psychiatrised Children and their Rights: Starting the Conversation.” The rest of the issue’s abstracts are as follows:
Sick or Sad? …
Eating Drugs: Psychopharmaceutical Pluralism in India
by Stefan Ecks
New York University Press, 2013. 233 pp.
In Stefan Ecks’ poignant ethnography, he illuminates the relationship between digestive health and mental health in Calcutta, paying particular attention to the contributions this relationship has made to a pharmaceuticalized India. He traces three medical systems––Ayurvedic, homeopathic and allopathic––as they each locate the …
Plasticity and Pathology: History and Theory of Neural Subjects
Organized by David Bates and Nima Bassiri
Friday, April 11
1.00 pm Welcome from Workshop Organizers (David Bates and Nima Bassiri)
1.15 – 3.15 pm Session One
Laura Salisbury (English, Exeter)
TBA [On narrative and neural subjects in Luria]
Nima Bassiri (ACLS Fellow, Literature and Neuroscience, Duke)
“Epileptic Insanity and Personal …