The Age of Melancholy: Major Depression and its Social OriginsBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7558.102-a (Published 06 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:102
- Philip Thomas, senior lecturer (email@example.com)
- Centre for Citizenship and Community Mental Health, School of Health Studies, University of Bradford
Some people find postmodernism infuriating; some find it puzzling; others yawn. But love it or loathe it, the postmodern critique of psychiatry is here to stay. For some people, though, postmodernism is like a fashion accessory: something to don to create an impression. This, I felt, is the approach taken in The Age of Melancholy.
Blazer's central thesis is that the waning of social psychiatry and the rise of biological psychiatry are related. He develops this idea to argue the case for a new form of social psychiatry. This is a potentially interesting argument—after all, psychiatry is prone to different types of dualism, body-mind and mind-society being the most obvious. The reason Blazer's thesis is important is that it has the potential to engage with the body-culture …