The Selling of DSM: The Rhetoric of Science in Psychiatry (Social Problems and Social Issues)
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.
Herb Kutchins is professor of social work at California State University, Sacramento. He earned his doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his articles about psychiatric diagnosis, he has written about the fiduciary relationship, advocacy, and other issues involving law and social reform. He is currently doing research on prescription of psychotropic medication by nonphysicians.
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