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Wisdom, Madness and Folly
The Making of a Psychiatrist

Macmillan 1985
McGraw-Hill 1985

Contents
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· Summary ·

Wisdom, Madness & Folly: The Making of A Psychiatrist was published in 1985. The first chapter, entitled "Psychiatry Today", is a pretty lucid and balanced appraisal of the role psychiatric power in contemporary life. While Laing explicitly repudiated the "anti-psychiatry" label other foisted on him here, he continued to lament the de-humanizing theory and practice of mainstream, institutional psychiatry, and the lack of viable alternatives to it. The chapters that follow are autobiographical in nature, and depict the home, school, university and professional environments that shaped the 27 year old author of The Divided Self, from the kind of music he presumably heard in the womb - Victorian ballads, Italian opera - to the rigors of psychiatry in the Cold War era, when talking with schizophrenic patients was expressly frowned upon. A vivid and unforgettable accompaniment to The Divided Self.

 

· Contents ·

Introduction

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Psychiatry Today
Family and School
University
The Army
The Mental Hospital
The Department of Psychiatry

Postscript
Notes


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