In this rigorously researched, profoundly compelling biography of schizophrenia, renowned psychiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman draws on his four-decade career to illuminate the past, present, and future of this historically dreaded and devastating illness. This powerful portrait of schizophrenia, the most malignant and mysterious mental illness, interweaves cultural and scientific history with dramatic patient profiles and clinical experiences to impart a revolutionary message of hope. For the first time in history, we can effectively treat schizophrenia, limiting its disabling effects—and we’re on the verge of being able to prevent the disease’s onset entirely.
A must-read for fans of medical histories, psychology, and those whose lives have been affected by schizophrenia, this revelatory work offers a comprehensive scientific portrait, crucial insights, sound advice for families and friends, and most importantly, hope for sufferers now and in the generations to come.
"Malady of the Mind is the most important book about schizophrenia in decades, and perhaps ever. In addition to telling schizophrenia’s fascinating history, Dr. Lieberman gives readers a new scientific understanding of the disease and an evidence-based protocol for its diagnosis and management. Equally important, he challenges policymakers to provide the standard of care that current and future patients have the right to expect. Focused on early, effective intervention and preventing damage, approaches modern medicine has long since adopted for other illnesses, he has written a total game-changer."
Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind
"Psychiatrist Lieberman (Shrinks) delivers an exceptional and wide-ranging study on schizophrenia’s history and treatments... The history is first-rate, and Lieberman’s empathetic accounts of his patients’ stories drive home the toll the illness takes on patients... The result is a brilliant examination of a long-misunderstood disorder."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"As he did in his previous book, Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry, Dr. Lieberman skillfully renders a complex disease accessible to all while telling a spellbinding story. The great strength of this book is its clear, compelling exposition of how schizophrenia can and should be successfully treated. In doing so, Lieberman confronts us with the fact that “we know what to do but we just don't do it,” and audaciously brands this a "social injustice." The book will enlighten and inspire all who encounter schizophrenia, either personally or professionally, and is highly recommended."
E. Fuller Torrey, MD, author of Surviving Schizophrenia and founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center
"Lieberman's book is one of the deepest and most comprehensive explorations, yet, of schizophrenia, perhaps the most mysterious among the maladies of the mind. Replete with stories of patients and researchers, he writes with that rare combination of authority, empathy and curiosity that makes this an incredibly captivating book."
Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies and The Gene
In Shrinks, Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D., shares the story of psychiatry’s origins and the checkered history of useless or harmful treatments—including hydrotherapy, lobotomies, and primal screaming—to its rehabilitation and transformation into an evidence-based profession. A gripping and illuminating mad, Shrinks reveals shocking case studies and serves as an urgent call-to-arms to start treating mental illness as a disease rather than a state of mind.