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Fighting for Mental Health

Fighting for Mental Health
A Personal View

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  • Date Published: September 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521582438

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About the Authors
  • As Director of the Division of Mental Health at the World Health Organization, and President of the World Psychiatric Association, Norman Sartorius has surveyed the state of psychiatry worldwide and campaigned for greater equity and honesty in the clinical and research agenda. The essays collected here represent his latest thinking, and include some of his speeches and previously published articles. They range from trenchant critiques of mental health service delivery and prevention to more light-hearted, anecdotal pieces on language use and increasing productivity. All address core concerns for mental health programs today: the definition of needs; the role of psychiatry worldwide; and the challenges that urbanization presents for mental health.

    • Written by one of the most important and best-loved psychiatrists alive today
    • Accessible and entertaining writing, ranging from stern critiques to anecdote
    • Illustrated with pictures of the author's choosing
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Norman Sartorius is ideally placed to survey the global position and issues for psychiatry, having been president of the World Psychiatric Association and director for mental health at the World Health Organisation. This book dignifies those who struggle with illness or care in families." Marcellino Smyth, Psychology and Psychiatry

    "Psychiatrists have few truly international figures to look up to, who are also known outside our field, and Sartorius is surely one of them. It is worth reading this book to hear what Sartorius has to say, particularly if you have an interest in psychiatry in developing countries..." Jerry Seymour, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry

    "Norman Sartorius, M.D., has a wide and international arc of perspective." Ralph Crawshaw, Psychiatric Times

    "...intensely captivating reading." Canadian Journal of Psychiatry

    "[Sartorius] dissects the impact of mental-health programmes, challenging developmental dogmas, explaining the de-synchrony of research and policy, and how staggering levels of need in mental health repeatedly command low priority. His arguments deserve serious attention from programme planners." The Times Higher Education Supplement

    "This book is a delight to read. By one of our leading international psychiatrists, it brings both wisdom and knowledge to bear on many key issues that the mental health movement currently faces...this book is contemporary and inspiring, challenging psychiatrists to become more involved with the wider contextual milieu in which we operate." British Journal of Psychiatry

    "This profound book by an international leader in mental health plumbs the depths of psychiatric values...In these essays he brilliantly underscores the plain and simple reality that prevention of psychiatric disease and mental distress cannot be accomplished without addressing the social and phsyical contexts in which people live...The book...should spur psychiatrists to take a greater interest in the public's mental health." Journal of the American Medical Association

    "[Sartorius'] elegant and witty lectures...are the basis of the 19 essays in this book, and I loved every one." Lancet

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521582438
    • length: 268 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Context of Health and Mental Health Programmes:
    1. Updating 1789
    2. Doubts about three of the many dogmas of development
    3. Overlaps and confusions
    4. Nearly forgotten: mental health needs of an urbanized planet
    5. The Mozart effect and Keshan disease
    6. The paradoxes about psychiatry
    7. On advice and consultation
    Part II. Mental Health and Medicine:
    8. Psychiatry in the framework of primary health care: a threat or boost for psychiatry?
    9. The limits of mental health care in general medical services
    10. The mental health adventure of the World Health Organization
    11. Mental health care for the elderly? Another thirty years to wait
    12. On words I like to hate
    Part III. Psychiatry and Mental Health Programmes:
    13. Assessing needs for psychiatric services
    14. Why are mental and neurological disorders not being prevented?
    15. The seven vices of psychiatry
    16. Brueghel's Everyman: a cover page for a book on research in psychiatry
    17. And then there were five …
    18. Enabling
    19. Psychiatry in developing countries

  • Author

    Norman Sartorius, Université de Genève
    Norman Sartorius was born 28.01.1935 in Croatia. Currently Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Geneva with professorial appointments also at universities in London, St Louis, New York, Prague and Zagreb.

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