The Selling of DSM: The Rhetoric of Science in Psychiatry

1st Edition

Stuart A. Kirk

Routledge
Published June 30, 1992
Reference - 280 Pages
ISBN 9780202304328 - CAT# Y363993
Series: Social Problems & Social Issues

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Summary

When it was first published in 1980, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition—univer-sally known as DSM-III—embodied a radical new method for identifying psychiatric illness. Kirk and Kutchins challenge the general understanding about the research data and the pro-cess that led to the peer acceptance of DSM-III. Their original and controversial reconstruction of that moment concen-trates on how a small group of researchers interpreted their findings about a specific problem—psychiatric reliability—to promote their beliefs about mental illness and to challenge the then-dominant Freudian paradigm.

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