The Creation of Psychopharmacology

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The Creation of Psychopharmacology is an engaging exposé of the development of Western psychopharmacology. This volume is not primarily for history buffs or academicians, though the 56 pages of bibliography attest to its academic rigor. It is instead a well-written story of a stream of convenient accidents, of technical discoveries, of blistering professional competitions, of the growth and power of the pharmaceutical industry, of the delineation of psychiatric “disease,” of regulation, and of the emerging cosmetic psychopharmacology and management of personality.​

J Clin Psychiatry 2005;66(10):1340-1340 [book review]