Pharmaceuticals Anonymous

Friday, June 26, 2009

Bentall: Doctoring the Mind

"See a psychiatrist? Are you mad?"
'Bentall's thesis is that, for all the apparent advances in understanding psychiatric disorders, psychiatric treatment has done little to improve human welfare, because the scientific research which has led to the favouring of mind-altering drugs is, as he puts it, "fatally flawed". He cites some startling evidence from the World Health Organisation that suggests patients suffering psychotic episodes in developing countries recover "better" than those from the industrialised world and the aim of the book is broadly to suggest why this might be so.'


This is the second of two articles this week on the controversial Dr. Bentall. The first, we posted here -
Pharmaceuticals Anonymous: "Psychiatric diagnoses are less reliable than star signs"