Healing the Soul in the Age of the Brain by Elio Frattaroli
Becoming Conscious in an Unconscious World

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It is no exaggeration to say that psychiatry today is in imminent danger of losing its mind altogether," writes Elio Frattaroli, M.D., in this landmark book. What he is talking about is a medical model of the brain that denies the very existence of anything like a soul—based on big science's delusionary hope that it is actually possible to fix the soul's sickness by taking a pill. Much as we might like one, Frattaroli argues, there is no quick fix for the soul; we yearn for something more than what Prozac can provide.

Frattaroli writes with spirit, combining a Renaissance sensibility with an unshakable humanism that shows why tapping into the soul is the highest quest on which we can embark. His references hark back to Shakespeare, to Freud, to Descartes and Bohr; in drawing upon physics, philosophy, literature, and psychology, and by using riveting case histories from his own life and practice, Frattaroli illuminates some of the most complex intellectual discoveries of our time.

In the 1990s, Viking's publication of the bestseller Listening to Prozac sparked nationwide controversy and became the touchstone for one of the most widely debated issues of its time. Now, Elio Frattaroli explores what has happened to a culture that has been "listening to Prozac" and hearing nothing else.

Intellectually stimulating, and emotionally satisfying, Healing the Soul is one of those life-changing books that will become a classic. Controversial and provocative, it illuminates the route to becoming the full, rich person we each have it in us to be.

About Elio Frattaroli

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Elio Frattaroli, M.D., is a psychiatrist in full-time private practice and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.
Published September 10, 2001 by Viking Adult. 352 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Law & Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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A decade after Peter Kramer's bestselling Listening to Prozac (also published by Viking) refashioned cultural attitudes and beliefs about mental, emotional or personality disorders and their treatment, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Frattaroli reexamines the "Medical Model" of psychiatry, accord...

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