The Creation of Psychopharmacology

The Creation of Psychopharmacology

David Healy / Aug 07, 2020
The Creation of Psychopharmacology David Healy follows his widely praised study The Antidepressant Era with an even ambitious and dramatic story the discovery and development of antipsychotic medication Healy argues that the discover
  • Title: The Creation of Psychopharmacology
  • Author: David Healy
  • ISBN: 9780674015999
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • David Healy follows his widely praised study, The Antidepressant Era, with an even ambitious and dramatic story the discovery and development of antipsychotic medication Healy argues that the discovery of chlorpromazine generally known as Thorazine is as significant in the history of medicine as the discovery of penicillin, reminding readers of the worldwideDavid Healy follows his widely praised study, The Antidepressant Era, with an even ambitious and dramatic story the discovery and development of antipsychotic medication Healy argues that the discovery of chlorpromazine generally known as Thorazine is as significant in the history of medicine as the discovery of penicillin, reminding readers of the worldwide prevalence of insanity within living memory.But Healy tells not of the triumph of science but of a stream of fruitful accidents, of technological discovery leading neuroscientific research, of fierce professional competition and the backlash of the antipsychiatry movement of the 1960s A chemical treatment was developed for one purpose, and as long as some theoretical rationale could be found, doctors administered it to the insane patients in their care to see if it would help Sometimes it did, dramatically Why these treatments worked, Healy argues provocatively, was, and often still is, a mystery Nonetheless, such discoveries made and unmade academic reputations and inspired intense politicking for the Nobel Prize.Once pharmaceutical companies recognized the commercial potential of antipsychotic medications, financial as well as clinical pressures drove the development of ever aggressively marketed medications With verve and immense learning, Healy tells a story with surprising implications in a book that will become the leading scholarly work on its compelling subject.
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      • David Healy

        David Healy is a former secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology and author of over 120 articles and 12 books, including The Antidepressant Era and The Creation of Psychopharmacology.

    792 Comments

    1. This is a massive book which straddles an uneasy line between scholarly and popular Deeply researched, Heely draws from some high level theory to try and explain the transformation in psychiatric care in the 20th century However, the scope of the book leads to some organizational difficulties, and Heely s own speculations on what happens next don t quite match up to his research.David Heely attempts to offer a wide ranging description of the characteristics of modern psychiatric care, both posit [...]


    2. Healy s prose is extraordinarily dull to read, and although he gets his facts straight in the first half of the book, in the second half he gets some facts wrong and displays a clear anti psychiatry bias He presents such harmful ideas as suggesting antidepressants shouldn t be taken because without depressed people there wouldn t be art or spirituality Do not trust the facts in this book, and do not listen to his bias It is harmful and offensive both to people with mental health issues and to th [...]


    3. This book draws together most of the major threads in the histories of psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and drug development One of the best histories I have read recently.


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