In a continuing series, Scientific American analyzes the “Trouble at the Heart of Psychiatry’s Revised Rule Book.”
Part 1: Psychiatrists Are About to Shift the Boundaries between Sane and Insane by Ingrid Wickelgren
Part 2: Science Remains a Stranger to Psychiatry’s New Bible Ferris Jabr explains why science has so far played only a bit part in the creation of the new DSM.
Part 3 Trouble at the Heart of Psychiatry’s Revised Rule Book Edward Shorter, a historian of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, argues that the principal diagnoses of the DSM—depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder—are artifacts and should essentially be discarded.
Part 4: The Gloom-and-Doom Disease: Should Woody Allens Have a Home in the Manual of Mental Illness? By Ingrid Wickelgren
Part 5: Why Are There No Biological Tests in Psychiatry? Allen Frances, the chief framer of the DSM-IV, tells us why we lack biological tests for mental illness and how that deficiency hurts diagnosis.
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