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Vaughan Bell is a British clinical psychologist, currently at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust specialising in psychological interventions for psychotic outpatients and in training other professionals to deal with such patients.
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The Those They Called Idiots
The Idea of the Disabled Mind from 1700 to the Present Day
Simon Jarrett - Dec 30, 2020
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Those They Called Idiots traces the little-known lives of people with learning disabilities from the communities of eighteenth-century England to the nineteenth-century asylum and care in today's society. Using evidence from civil and criminal court-rooms, joke books, slang dictionaries, novels, art and caricature, it explores the explosive intermi...
Vaughan Bell
Oct 02, 2021
Absolutely fascinating book on the history of intellectual disability from medieval times, to the asylum, eugenics, and community care by historian Simon Jarrett. Really neglected and important history.      source
When It Is Darkest
Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do to Prevent It
Rory O'Connor - Jan 03, 2022
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Winner of the 2021 BPS Popular Science Book Award'Read this incredible book. I wept and I learnt' - Prof Tanya Byron'This book comes from the heart' - Roman Kemp 'Compassionate, personal and thought-provoking' - Prof Steve PetersWhen you are faced with the unthinkable, this is the book you can turn to.Suicide is baffling and devastating in equal me...
Vaughan Bell
Jun 30, 2021
What a brilliant book @suicideresearch. A powerful blend of humanity, science and practical advice on suicide. Really important read      source
Science Fictions
How Fraud, Bias, Negligence, and Hype Undermine the Search for Truth
Stuart Ritchie - Jul 21, 2020
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Hypeology will expose the bias, hype, incompetence and fraud that plague the peer-reviewed world where many of the most seductive and striking scientific studies originate, and will take a Freakonomics-style look at the implications of this crisis for us all.A whole industry of books and TED-talks has been built on the findings of psychological stu...
Vaughan Bell
Apr 28, 2021
Just finished this excellent book by @StuartJRitchie. Assumed it would be fast-paced science journalism on scientific errors but it's also quite a profound book on the history and philosophy of science 👏👏👏      source
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Malignant Sadness
The Anatomy of Depression
Lewis Wolpert - Mar 14, 2000 (first published in 1999)
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Lewis Wolpert had it all -- a successful scientific career and a happy home life -- when his struggles with clinical depression began. Although he had often dealt with the blues, he had never been seriously depressed before the illness took over his life. Overwhelmed, he was no longer able to think properly, let alone work, and his mind turned to s...
Vaughan Bell
Jan 28, 2021
Really sad. A giant in biology but also wrote one of the great books on the experience of depression: Malignant Sadness - The Anatomy of Depression      source
Psychiatry in Dissent
Controversial issues in thought and practice second edition (International Behavioural and Social Sciences Library. Psych)
Anthony Clare - Nov 25, 2011 (first published in 1980)
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Tavistock Press was established as a co-operative venture between the Tavistock Institute and Routledge & Kegan Paul (RKP) in the 1950s to produce a series of major contributions across the social sciences. This volume is part of a 2001 reissue of a selection of those important works which have since gone out of print, or are difficult to locate. ...
Vaughan Bell
Jan 24, 2021
@AnneCooke14 @awaisaftab @cadoganhealthc1 @MkRBol @markhoro @Huwtube Despite being unhelpfully divisive on Twitter sometimes (sorry Samei, my own honest opinion), I thought his book was excellent.      source
Psycho Politics
Peter Sedgwick - Jul 28, 2015
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A classic in the field of mental health, one of the few credible critiques of the anti-psychiatry movement which retains its significance today, Psycho Politics includes scholarly appraisals of the ideas of Goffman, Laing, Szasz and Foucault and proposals for a politics of mental health which neither separates mind and body, nor abdicates responsib...
Vaughan Bell
Jan 24, 2021
@AnneCooke14 @awaisaftab @cadoganhealthc1 @MkRBol @markhoro @Huwtube In terms of specific defences of the value of understanding mental health problems as illness, Peter Sedgwick's Psycho Politics is excellent and remains very relevant, although the ear bending about Marxism is a little tedious in places.      source
The Disordered Mind
What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves
Eric R. Kandel - Aug 13, 2019
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Eric R. Kandel, the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his foundational research into memory storage in the brain, is one of the pioneers of modern brain science. His work continues to shape our understanding of how learning and memory work and to break down age-old barriers between the sciences and the arts.In his seminal new ...
Vaughan Bell
Jan 24, 2021
@AnneCooke14 @awaisaftab @cadoganhealthc1 @MkRBol @markhoro @Huwtube The best exposition of this (not a defence really) I've come across is Eric Kandel's The Disordered Mind. Despite accepting social and psychodynamic factors, it implies the pre 2010 NIMH genes and neurotransmitter approach is likely to give the most valuable explanations.      source
Speed, Ecstasy, Ritalin
The Science of Amphetamines
Leslie Iversen - Mar 15, 2008 (first published in 2006)
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Amphetamines have had a relatively short, though chequered history. From their use in wartime, their abuse by the beat generation, up to the popularity of Ecstasy in the late 20th century, many have found amphetamines an enjoyable, though unpredictable, stimulant. More than that though, amphetamine-based treatments have been found to have beneficia...
Vaughan Bell
Aug 01, 2020
Author of one of my favourite science books of all time: 'Speed, Ecstasy, Ritalin: The Science of Amphetamines' Thanks for the ride Prof Iversen      source
Milk of Paradise
A History of Opium
Lucy Inglis - Feb 05, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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Poppy tears, opium, heroin, fentanyl: humankind has been in thrall to the “Milk of Paradise” for millennia. The latex of papaver somniferum is a bringer of sleep, of pleasurable lethargy, of relief from pain—and hugely addictive. A commodity without rival, it is renewable, easy to extract, transport, and refine, and subject to an insatiable global ...
Vaughan Bell
Apr 30, 2020
Milk of Paradise, a history of opium, by @lucyinglis is an absolutely brilliant book Epic in scope: Ancient Greeks, New York mafia, British Empire, HIV and the 80s gay scene, war in Afghanistan, psychopharmacology and more. Best book I've read in ages.      source
The Neurological Patient in History
L. Stephen Jacyna - Jan 01, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Tourette's, multiple sclerosis, stroke: all are neurological illnesses that create dysfunction, distress, and disability. With their symptoms ranging from impaired movement and paralysis to hallucinations and dementia, neurological patients present myriad puzzling disorders and medical challenges. Throughout the nineteenth...
Vaughan Bell
Mar 07, 2020
Only discovered this recently but a wonderful academic book: The Neurological Patient in History By lots of medical historians edited by Stephen Jacyna and @TheNeuroTimes      source
On Being a Therapist
Jeffrey Kottler - Feb 28, 2017 (first published in 1986)
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For more than thirty years, On Being a Therapist has inspired generations of mental health professionals to explore the most private and sacred aspects of their work helping others. In this thoroughly revised and updated fifth edition, Jeffrey Kottler explores many of the challenges that therapists face in their practices today, including pressures...
Vaughan Bell
Feb 27, 2020
@clinpsychris On Being a Therapist by Jeffrey Kottler I think I've pressed more copies of this book into people's hands than any other.      source
Im A Joke And So Are You by Robin Ince
The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang
Delusions by Peter McKenna