Monday, 6 April 2015

Bonnie Burstow: The Book is Out, The Wait Over: Psychiatry and the Business of Madness Has Been Published! [reblog]

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The Book is Out, The Wait Over: Psychiatry and the Business of Madness Has Been Published! by Bonnie Burstow,6 April 2015

"The date given for the publication of this book (the anticipated date) was April 1, 2015. The countdown was almost unbearable.  March 29, March 30, March 31; finally April 1 came --and still no book in my hands--nothing had arrived from the publisher!  

So I did what every person does who realizes or at least suspects that this is the best work that ever s/he is likely to pen (for in all honesty, it is).  I took a deep breath, then queried the publisher.  No answer that day.  Why?, I wondered. Had something unexpected happened?  Finally the next day, the answer to the puzzle came--an unfortunate glitch had happened, though my author's copies of the book were now on their way to me.

Now it is common practice to wait until you have a copy of your book in your hot little hands before declaring a book published.  So not wanting to "jump the gun",  again I wait.  Next day, still nothing. 


Then came the first sign. An email arrived from one of the people who would be speaking at the London book launch--Cheryl Prax--informing us that her copy of the book had arrived. Halleluiah! 

Could I now declare it published?  Maybe I should wait. After all,  because just because someone in London has it (London being home to Palgrave Macmillan's largest headquarters, people in London might well get it first), that does not mean that it is readily available elsewhere.  I sighed, then let the issue go and trundled off to a CAPA (Coalition Against Psychiatric Assault) meeting. 

Shortly after the meeting commenced, a member called Oriel entered the room. What is it that she was holding?  Could it be?  Yes, it was.  There in her hands was a copy of Psychiatry and the Business of Madness: An Ethical and Epistemological Accounting

She sat down, open the booked, began thumbing through it.  She had clearly gone over it with a highlighter, for passage after passage in page after after page had been highlighted in yellow!  An indication that it had not just arrived.

Given the mounting evidence, by the powers vested in me as author, I hereby declare the book Psychiatry and the Business of Madness published! 

The chapter breakdown is: 

1. Introduction to the Study: Unveiling the Problematic
2. The Evolution of "Madness": A Journey "through Time"
3. Modernity (1890-2014): A Journey through Time, Part Two
4. Probing the Boss Text: The DSM—What? Whither? How? Which? 
5. The Beast/In the Belly of the Beast: Pinioned by Paper
6. The Psychiatric Team
7. Marching to "Pharmageddon": Psychopharmacy Unmasked
8. Electroshock—Not a Healing Option
9. Dusting Ourselves Off and Starting Anew 

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