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The DSM, or Psychiatry’s “Bible”: Where It Came from, Why It Has Become so Fraught, and What Its Story Might Mean for All of You

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A Discussion for Judges with Professor Anne Harrington
Author of Mind Fixers: Psychiatry’s Troubled Search for the Biology of Mental Illness
Moderated by Hon. Peter W. Agnes, Jr. (Ret.)

From the Publisher: “In Mind Fixers, “the preeminent historian of neuroscience” (Science Magazine) Anne Harrington explores psychiatry’s repeatedly frustrated efforts to understand mental disorder. She shows that psychiatry’s waxing and waning theories have been shaped not just by developments in the clinic and lab, but also by a surprising range of social factors. Mind Fixers recounts the past and present struggle to make mental illness a biological problem in order to lay the groundwork for creating a better future.”

Anne Harrington is the Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University, specializing in the history of psychiatry, neuroscience, and the other mind and behavioral sciences. Professor Harrington received her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Oxford University, and has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine in London, and the University of Freiburg in Germany. For six years, she co-directed Harvard’s Mind, Brain, and Behavior Initiative. She also was a consultant for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mind-Body Interaction, and also served for 12 years on the Board of the Mind and Life Institute, dedicated to cross-cultural exchange and collaboration between the sciences and various contemplative traditions. She was also a founding co-editor of Biosocieties, a journal concerned with social science approaches to the life sciences.


Wednesday, June 2, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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