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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Authoritative, scientifically scintillating, and anecdotally dazzling.”


  • “A chatty, expert, sometimes scathing but ultimately upbeat account of the history of psychiatry.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Lieberman isn’t another muckraker trolling the profession…Well, he may be raking up some old muck, but for good cause…He tells this history in engaging and authoritative detail.”

    Washington Post

  • “Vastly edifying and vigorously written—a much-needed update on how far the psychiatric industry has come, both medically and from a public perception standpoint.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “An astonishing book: honest, sober, exciting, and humane. Lieberman writes with the authority of an expert, but with the humility of a doctor who has learned to treat the most profound and mysterious forms of mental illnesses…This book brings you to the very forefront of one of the most amazing medical journeys of our time.”

    Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies

  • “Jeffrey Lieberman’s extraordinary account of the scientific revolution in psychiatry—a revolution that he both participated in and helped to foster—is compelling. But it is his candor, lack of dogmatism, and sensitivity to suffering that will linger in your mind long after you’ve turned the last page.”

    Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind

  • Shrinks is an excellent way into the world of modern psychiatry: its science, the limits and benefits of its diagnostic systems and treatments, and how doctors make good decisions and why they make bad ones. Shrinks is as thorough as it is lively.”

    Kay Redfield Jamison, author of An Unquiet Mind

  • “Corrigan provides strong emphasis and timing and as well as a nuanced navigation of complex passages.’


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About the Author

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD, is president of the American Psychiatric Association, chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, psychiatrist in chief at Columbia University Medical Center–New York Presbyterian Hospital, and director of the New York State Psychiatric Institute. He and his family live in New York City.