An application of the philosophy of science to psychiatry
Although it’s been 140 years since Maudley’s
groundbreaking treatise, modern psychiatry is in a
state of intellectual collapse. No psychiatrist practicing
today can point to a universally agreed model of mental
disorder which explains the common observations
of mental disorder, dictates a research program and
ordains a form of management.
This book, the result of thirty years research in the
philosophy of science, takes each of the major theories
in psychiatry and demonstrates conclusively that it is
so flawed as to be beyond salvation. It goes further, in
that the author outlines a model of mental function
which both satisfies the essential requirements of any
scientific model, and shows how the phenomena of mental disorder can be
described in a parsimonious dualist model which leads directly to a humanist
form of management of the most widespread form of disability in the
"This book is a tour de force. It demonstrates a tremendous amount of erudition,
intelligence and application in the writer. It advances an interesting
and plausible mechanism for many forms of human distress. It is an important
work that deserves to take its place among the classics in books about
psychiatry." —Robert Rich, PhD, AnxietyAndDepression-Help.com
About the Author
Niall McLaren has been an M.D. and practicing psychiatrist since 1977.
Since then, he has undertaken a far-reaching research program, some of
which has previously been published. For six years, while working in the
Kimberley Region of Western Australia, he was the world's most isolated psychiatrist.
He is married with two children and lives in a tropical house hidden
in the bush near Darwin, Australia.
From Future Psychiatry Press www.FuturePsychiatry.com
an imprint of Loving Healing Press