The Book of Woe by Gary Greenberg
The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry

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...Dr. Greenberg treads very close to doing a grave disservice to those suffering from these illnesses. Regardless of what you call these conditions, Dr. Greenberg never seems to fully acknowledge the devastating effects they have on the patients and their families.
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“Gary Greenberg has become the Dante of our psychiatric age, and the DSM-5 is his Inferno.” —Errol Morris
 
Since its debut in 1952, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has set down the “official” view on what constitutes mental illness. Homosexuality, for instance, was a mental illness until 1973. Each revision has created controversy, but the DSM-5 has taken fire for encouraging doctors to diagnose more illnesses—and to prescribe sometimes unnecessary or harmful medications.
Respected author and practicing psychotherapist Gary Greenberg embedded himself in the war that broke out over the fifth edition, and returned with an unsettling tale. Exposing the deeply flawed process behind the DSM-5’s compilation, The Book of Woe reveals how the manual turns suffering into a commodity—and made the APA its own biggest beneficiary.
 

About Gary Greenberg

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Gary Greenberg is a practicing psychotherapist and the author of Manufacturing Depression and The Noble Lie. He has written about the intersection of science, politics, and ethics for Harper’s, The New Yorker, Wired, Discover, and Rolling Stone, among others, as well as Mother Jones, where he is a contributor. Dr. Greenberg lives with his family in Connecticut.
 
Published May 2, 2013 by Plume. 417 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Education & Reference. Non-fiction
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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Karen Winters Schwartz on Aug 06 2013

...Dr. Greenberg treads very close to doing a grave disservice to those suffering from these illnesses. Regardless of what you call these conditions, Dr. Greenberg never seems to fully acknowledge the devastating effects they have on the patients and their families.

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on Feb 18 2013

Bright, humorous and seriously thoroughgoing, Greenberg takes all the DSMs for a spin as revealing as the emperor’s new clothes.

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