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Book: Serious Shopping: Essays in Psychotherapy and Consumerism

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 26 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1310
  1. Philip Shaw, clinical researcher
  1. Institute of Psychiatry, London

    Ed Adrienne Baker Free Association Books, £15.95, pp 220 ISBN 1 85343 483 3

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    I have often wondered whether the BMJ should have a fashion column for doctors, giving tips on where to buy the latest in hospital chic. I was therefore thrilled to review Serious Shopping. Sadly, it is anything but a clarion call to Claridges. Instead, it attempts to establish shopping addiction as a major mental health problem and to describe its psychotherapeutic treatment. Shoppers can thus join the long list of addicts—gymaholics, dot.comaholics, sexaholics—initially identified by a media apparently addicted to identifying addictions. …

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