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Healing Psychiatry - Bridging the Science/Humanism Divide (Paperback): David H Brendel
Healing Psychiatry - Bridging the Science/Humanism Divide (Paperback): David H Brendel

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Healing Psychiatry - Bridging the Science/Humanism Divide (Paperback)

David H Brendel; Foreword by T. M Luhrmann

Series: Basic Bioethics

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Psychiatry today is torn by opposing sensibilities. Is it primarily a science of brain functioning or primarily an art of understanding the human mind in its social and cultural context? Competing conceptions of mental illness as amenable to scientific explanation or as deeply complex and beyond the reach of empirical study have left the field conceptually divided between science and humanism. In Healing Psychiatry David Brendel takes a novel approach to this stubborn problem. Drawing on the classical American pragmatism of Charles Sanders Peirce, William James, and John Dewey, as well as contemporary work of pragmatic bioethicists, Brendel proposes a "clinical pragmatism" that synthesizes scientific and humanistic approaches to mental health care. Psychiatry, he argues, must integrate scientific and humanistic models by emphasizing the practical, pluralistic, participatory, and provisional aspects of clinical diagnosis and treatment. Psychiatrists need to have the skill and flexibility to use scientific and humanistic approaches in a collaborative, open-ended clinical process; they must recognize the complexity of human suffering even as they strive for scientific rigor. This is the only way, he writes, that psychiatry can heal its conceptual rift and the emotional wounds of its patients.Healing Psychiatry explores these issues from both clinical and theoretical standpoints and uses case histories to support its basic argument. Brendel calls for an open-minded and flexible yet scientifically informed approach to understanding, diagnosing, and treating mental disorders. And he considers the future of psychiatry, applying the principles of clinical pragmatism to a broad range of ethical concerns in psychiatric training and research.


Imprint: MIT Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: Basic Bioethics
Release date: September 2009
First published: 2009
Authors: David H Brendel
Foreword by: T. M Luhrmann
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 8mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 200
ISBN-13: 978-0-262-51325-8
Barcode: 9780262513258
Categories: Books > Medicine > General issues > Medical ethics
Books > Medicine > Other branches of medicine > Psychiatry
LSN: 0-262-51325-0

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