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The Philosophy of PsychiatryA Companion$
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Jennifer Radden

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195149531

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149531.001.0001

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The Philosophy of Psychiatry
Jennifer Radden
Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the field of the philosophy of psychiatry, detailing its relevance and emergence during the 1970s. It describes the philosophy of psychiatry as encompassing the philosophical assumptions and ideas that arise from, and the application of philosophical method to, not only psychopathology but also psychiatric theorizing, mental health categories, clinical practice, and psychiatric research. An overview of the five parts of the book as well as the chapters included in each part is presented.

Keywords:   mental health, research, psychiatric research, psychiatric theory

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