Medicine at the Crossroads: Disordered States
Producer: Montagnon, Peter
"As most of the medical profession increasingly focuses on the social and cultural contexts of illness, why is Western psychiatry turning more to the troubled history of psychiatric medicine and learn why, despite the development of powerful drug therapies, schizophrenia continues to confound the psychiatric profession. Travel to New York City, Italy, and India to view the dramatic differences in the ways these cultures treat people with schizophrenia, and learn how emphasizing the quality of life over the prospects of a cure may offer brighter prospects for these patients." (Description from Video Cassette). "Even through Western medicine continues to look for a cure for serious mental disorders like schizophrenia, the origin and course of these conditions differ dramatically from culture to culture, pointing to the role of social factors. At a time when psychiatry is turning to hard science and the biomedical model, should it, like the rest of medicine, put more emphasis on social factors in the care of the mentally ill? Disordered States compares treatments of the mentally ill in the United States, Italy, and India." (Description from FirstSearch). Mental illness--Treatment. Mental Disorders--therapy--videocassettes.
Culture; Life; Medicine; Mental Disorders; Mental Illness; Patients; Psychiatry; Schizophrenia; Science; Travel; Concept of Mental Health; Value / Quality of Life; Behavioral Genetics; Neurosciences and Mental Health Therapies; Behavior Modification; Involuntary Civil Commitment; International and Political Dimensions of Biology and Medicine; Cultural Pluralism; Health Care for Indigents; Health Care for Mentally Disabled Persons;
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