Out of Its Mind (Book Review)

Reviews the book 'Out of Its Mind: Psychiatry in Crisis, A Call for Reform,' by J. Allan Hobson and Jonathan Leonard.

By PT Staff, published on November 1, 2001 - last reviewed on June 7, 2012

Psychiatry is in disarray. Having abandoned Freud, it is struggling torestore itself as a medical science based on neuroscience. Author J. Allan Hobson, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, with the help of medical writer Jonathan Leonard, describes and applauds this transformation. Yet he argues that neuroscience alone is not sufficient: The role of experience in mental illness must also be recognized. Psychiatry, he suggests, "must rest squarely on the strong shoulders of learning theory."