The Bitterest Pills

The Troubling Story of Antipsychotic Drugs

Authors: Moncrieff, J.

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About this book

A challenging reappraisal of the history of antipsychotics, revealing how they were transformed from neurological poisons into magical cures, their benefits exaggerated and their toxic effects minimized or ignored.

About the authors

Joanna Moncrieff is a Senior Lecturer at University College London, UK and a practising consultant psychiatrist. She is co-chair person of the Critical Psychiatry Network and author of The Myth of the Chemical Cure.

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"This book will make an enormous contribution towards a more rational, transparent and ethical approach to the use of neuroleptic drugs. By implication it also offers up a strong argument for much wider choice for people in crisis, particularly the provision of minimal drug/drug-free systems of help and support, such as Soteria-type facilities and Open Dialogue. It is a must-read for all psychiatrists and mental health professionals, and its accessibility means that many survivors/service users and carers will find it a valuable ally in their fight for more humane and less harmful alternatives to psychiatric drug treatment." - Philip Thomas, University of Bradford, UK

'a meticulous, balanced history of antipsychotic drugs' - Nature

'All in all, this is a brilliantly clear-eyed, informative, well-referenced and at times disturbing book which should be essential reading for clinicians, policy-makers and patients alike.' - Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches

'Joanna Moncrieff's courageous research continues to point out that the emperor, while dressed, is wearing the wrong clothes for the job.' - Therapy Today

'Psychiatrist Moncrieff [...] offers a refreshingly critical look at the motivation behind atypical antipsychotic drug use from the pharmaceutical standpoint as well as the pharmacological basis, or lack thereof, in some cases.' - Choice

'This schematic account cannot do justice to the tightness of the arguments and numerous illustrative examples with which Dr Moncrieff charts the all-important transition from the drug-centred to the disease-centred model and its adverse consequences.' - Brain


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Cure or Curse: What Are Antipsychotics?

    Moncrieff, Joanna

    Pages 1-19

  • Chlorpromazine: The First Wonder Drug

    Moncrieff, Joanna

    Pages 20-38

  • Magic Bullets: The Development of Ideas on Drug Action

    Moncrieff, Joanna

    Pages 39-59

  • Building a House of Cards: The Dopamine Theory of Schizophrenia and Drug Action

    Moncrieff, Joanna

    Pages 60-75

  • The Phoenix Rises: From Tardive Dyskinesia to the Introduction of the ‘Atypicals’

    Moncrieff, Joanna

    Pages 76-90

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Hardcover $119.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Bitterest Pills
Book Subtitle
The Troubling Story of Antipsychotic Drugs
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27744-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137277442
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27742-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-27743-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 278
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