The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness



The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of MadnessFrom one of America s most courageous young journalists NPR comes a propulsive narrative history investigating the 50 year old mystery behind a dramatic experiment that changed the course of modern medicine For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people sane, normal, well adjusted members of society went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry s labels Forced to remain inside until they d proven themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even troubling stories of their treatment Rosenhan s watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever But, as Cahalan s explosive new research shows, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems What really happened behind those closed asylum doors, and what does it mean for our understanding of mental illness today Best Download [ The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness ] author [ Susannah Cahalan ] For Kindle ePUB or eBook – therehabboutique.co.uk

Susannah Cahalan is the New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire My Month of Madness, a memoir about her struggle with a rare autoimmune disease of the brain She writes for the New York Post Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American Magazine, Glamour, Psychology Today, and others.

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  • Hardcover
  • 400 pages
  • The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness
  • Susannah Cahalan
  • English
  • 02 April 2017
  • 1538715287

10 thoughts on “The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness

  1. Susannah says:

    A writer friend always rates her own books She explained that if she doesn t love her own book enough to give it five stars, how can she expect anyone else to do the same I like this mentality so here I go

  2. Julie Ehlers says:

    Back in the early 1970s, Dr David Rosenhan published the results of a study wherein he and several other people so called pseudopatients , none of whom had ever had mental health issues, attempted to get admitted to psychiatric hospitals by showing up and claiming they heard a voice in their head saying empty, hollow, and thud All of them got admitted on this basis, most of them receiving a preliminary diagnosis of schizophrenia Once admitted, they behaved like their normal selves, b Back in the early 1970s, Dr David R...

  3. Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader says:

    Have read Susannah Cahalan s deeply personal memoir, Brain on Fire She has followed up that best selling book with The Great Pretender, which exposes the suspenseful mystery behind an experiment that shaped modern medicine and mental health as we know it today David Rosenhan and his brave colleagues entered asylums undercover in order to come out diagnosed out the yin yang, but better able to expose the atrocities and systemic problems in mental health treatment at the time On top of that, Ca Have read Susannah Cahalan s deeply personal memoir, Brain on Fire She has followed up that best selling book with The Great Pretender,...

  4. Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell says:

    Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI was so excited to read this book because I loved her first book, BRAIN ON FIRE, which was her own journalism style memoir chronicling her experience with autoimmune encephalitis that manifested itself with symptoms similar to schizophrenia Had she been misdiagnosed, she could have ended up with permanent brain damage or dead Given that close call, it s understandable that the author might have some skepticism about psychology A lot of people do, and like a lot of sciences Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestI was so excited to read this book because I loved her first book, BRAIN ON FIRE, which was her own journalism style memoir chronicling her experience with autoimmune encephalitis that manif...

  5. Judy Lesley says:

    Susannah Cahalan and her family didn t want to accept her diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder even though her symptoms easily fit Instead they continued to search for what was happening to her, what was causing the symptoms she was living with Finally she was diagnosed with the medical condition of autoimmune encephalitis, received treatment and recovered Coming that close to such a huge misdiagnosis caused he...

  6. Annie says:

    The Great Pretender, by Susannah Cahalan, is one of the most extraordinary, best written works of nonfiction I think I ve ever read I have so much to say about it that I m honestly not sure where to begin This book takes on our existential fear of mental illness, our cultural dread of asylums, and the possibly unsolvable problem of where mental illnesses come from and how to cure them Cahalan uses all her skills as a journalist to dig deep into a contentious scholarly and societal argument about the th The Great Pretender, by Susannah Cahalan, is one of the most extraordinary, best written works of nonfiction I think I ve ever read I have so much to say about it that I m honestly not sure where to begin This book takes on our existential fear of mental illness, our cultural dread of asylums, and the possibly unsolvable problem of where mental illnesses come from and how to cure them Cahalan uses all her skills as a jo...

  7. Sharon says:

    Author Susannah Cahalan was diagnosed with schizophrenia except she had autoimmune encephalitis Like many, including myself, with autoimmune diseases, she was presumed to have a severe mental illness Luckily, during her hospitalization a different doctor ran a different test and found out the truth.In the mean while, Cahalan was subjected to the kind of treatment that far too many people receive in mental health environments Take the meds and be cooperative When she was suff Author Susannah Cahalan was diagnosed with schizophrenia except she had autoimmune encephalitis Like many, including myself, with autoimmune diseases, she was presumed to have a severe mental illness Luckily, during her hospitalization a different doctor ran a different test and found out the truth.In the mean while, Cahalan was subjected to the kind of treatment that far too many people receive in mental health environments Take the meds and be cooperative When she was sufficiently recovered, Cahalan began to wonder whether we can really tell the difference between sanity and insanity in the traditional sense and started to do some research This led her to the work of David Rosnahan, a Stanford researcher whose paper entitl...

  8. Sharon says:

    I found this a very interesting read, this study led to some major shifts in how mental illness was thought about, diagnosed and treated and so it s important that the study be real and accurate This is a well written and well put toget...

  9. Carla (Carla& says:

    From Susannah Cahalan, author of the eye opening memoir Brain on Fire , The Great Pretender seeks to shed light again on the mental health world This one focuses on a pretty infamous study done in the 70 s where 7 perfectly healthy people get themselves committed to various mental hospitals, claiming to have serious mental illnesses The point of the experiment was to see how doctors diagnosed mental illness the way that the industry perceives patients with mental illness.I mean, I don From Susannah Cahalan, author of the eye opening memoir Brain on Fire , The Great Pretender seeks to shed light again on the mental health world This one focuses on a pretty infamous study done in the 70 s where 7 perfectly healthy people get themselves committed to various mental hospitals, claiming to have serious mental illnesses The point of the experiment was to s...

  10. Rachel says:

    I received a free ARC from the publisher at BookCon As a school psychologist who sees rampant misdiagnoses of mental health conditions and autism I found this book to be such an interesting read I was familiar with some of the history she covers but I had never heard of this study The book is written in such a way that you share in her journey from respect for the researcher to skepticism of the results to disappointment Studies like this and researchers like Rosenhan do so much I received a free ARC from the publisher at BookCon As a school psychologist who sees rampant misdiagnoses of mental health conditions and autism I found this book to be such an interesting read I was familiar with some of the history she covers but I had never heard of this study The book is written in such a way that you share in her journey from respect for the researcher to skepticism of the results to disappointment Studies like this and researchers like Rosenhan do so much damage to the public s trust of anything related to psychiatry and mental health treatment and I found myself so mad at him and anyone who defended him The saddest part of this book is that you realize so little has changed in this field and diagnosing is still problematic My hope is that this book will get t...

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