Doctoring the Mind: Why Psychiatric Treatments Fail by Richard Bentall: review

Bentall quotes the notorious 1972 experiment led by American psychologist David Rosenhan when he and seven other researchers presented themselves anonymously at a number of psychiatric hospitals in a dishevelled state, claiming to be hearing voices saying ’empty’, ‘hollow’ and ‘thud’. All eight were admitted and, despite reporting no further aural hallucinations and behaving normally, seven were diagnosed schizophrenic and one was kept in hospital for psychiatric treatment for 52 days.

via Doctoring the Mind: Why Psychiatric Treatments Fail by Richard Bentall: review – Telegraph.

Hmm … I have more knowledge of this topic than I wish I did, so this interests me.

But isn’t this a bit like a scheme having innocent people presenting thermselves to the police with full confessions?  Horrors: “All were questioned, and some held for lengthy periods  of time …”

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