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Nature and Narrative: An Introduction to the New Philosophy of Psychiatry

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 09 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:113
  1. D B Double, consultant psychiatrist (
  1. Norfolk Mental Health Care NHS Trust, Norwich

    The current mainstream understanding of mental illness is that it is caused by biological dysfunction arising from pathology in the brain. This book promotes a wider perspective. However, its thesis does not follow the route of so called anti-psychiatry by rejecting the notion of mental illness altogether. Mental illness is not a “myth.” The term “illness” can be applied to psychological processes.

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    Eds Bill Fulford, Katherine Morris, John Sadler, Giovanni Stanghellini

    Oxford University Press, £29.95, pp 286 ISBN 0 19 852611 3

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    The book also tries to avoid a decline into relativism, by focusing on the …

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