TITLE

Historical and Cultural Forces Behind the Biopsychiatric Juggernaut

AUTHOR(S)
Galves, Albert
PUB. DATE
July 2010
SOURCE
Ethical Human Psychology & Psychiatry;2010, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p134
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
What are the forces that have driven the dramatic increase in the use of psychotropic drugs by the American public? The most common candidates are the drive of the pharmaceutical companies to make money and mainstream psychiatrists to finally become "real medical practitioners." This article suggests that there are larger historical and cultural forces that are behind this phenomenon, among them the following: the Age of Reason, the rise of scientism, the cult of professionalism, the industrial and technical revolutions, the myth of the heroic American, the myth of equal opportunity, and the myth of progress. The forces are briefly described, and an argument is made for addressing them.
ACCESSION #
54453021

 

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