Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Ogi Ogas

Narrated By: Graham Corrigan

Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA

Date: March 2015

Duration: 9 hours 49 minutes


The fascinating story of psychiatry's origins, demise, and redemption, by the former President of the American Psychiatric Association.

Psychiatry has come a long way since the days of chaining "lunatics" in cold cells and parading them as freakish marvels before a gaping public. But, as Jeffrey Lieberman, MD, reveals in his extraordinary and eye-opening book, the path to legitimacy for "the black sheep of medicine" has been anything but smooth.

In Shrinks, Dr. Lieberman traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science through its adolescence as a cult of "shrinks" to its late blooming maturity -- beginning after World War II -- as a science-driven profession that saves lives. With fascinating case studies and portraits of the luminaries of the field - from Sigmund Freud to Eric Kandel -- Shrinks is a gripping and illuminating read, and an urgent call-to- arms to dispel the stigma of mental illnesses by treating them as diseases rather than unfortunate states of mind.


  • Ted E.

    Zzzz Nice sad history story. But stops short of bringing information of the current state of psychiatry

  • Tina Jackson

    This book is a must for anyone considering a career in the mental health field!