“The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry”

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Scientific American says of Gary Greenburg’s The Book of Woe “This is a landmark book about a landmark book . . . a picture so compelling and bleak that it could easily send the vulnerable reader into therapy. The basic message is this: everyone in the mental health profession knows full well that the DSM is a work of fiction—that the hundreds of ‘disorders’ described therein are just labels for fuzzy, overlapping clusters of symptoms and that we have never found a definitive biological marker for even one of those disorders. Mental health professionals pretend that the disorders are real, but they’re not, period.”

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