Set in a European context, but written in the style of a Scottish radicalist, the author recounts his own upbringing as well as his personal and professional insights, questioning the role of the psychiatrist in today's society.
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This autobiography takes us up to the time just before the publication of Laing's controversial landmark book The Divided Self. It describes his childhood and medical studies in Glasgow, and his growing disenchantment with what he regarded as the coercive mental-health establishment and the dismal institutional settings of the 1950s. When the book ends, Laing has not yet gained his reputation for integrating the personal aspect into clinical practice and for mental patient advocacy, as well as his denial that there is an unbridgeable gap between normals and schizophrenics. Yet, the narrative successfully conveys a sense of his evolving point of view toward the phenomenology of disordered experiences. For subject collections. William Abrams, Portland State Univ. Lib., Ore.
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Book Description Mcgraw-Hill, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110070358494
Book Description Mcgraw-Hill, 1985. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0070358494