The DSM-5 in Perspective: Philosophical Reflections on the Psychiatric Babel

2015.08.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steeves Demazeux and Patrick Singy (eds.),The DSM-5 in Perspective: Philosophical Reflections on the Psychiatric Babel, Springer,
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2015.08.18 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Steeves Demazeux and Patrick Singy (eds.),The DSM-5 in Perspective: Philosophical Reflections on the Psychiatric Babel, Springer, 2015, 238pp., $129.00 (hbk), ISBN 9789401797641. Reviewed by Mark J. Sedler, MD MPH, Stony Brook University School of Medicine The DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition) is the most recent iteration of an unprecedented undertaking in the history of psychiatry that culminated in the publication of DSM-III in 1980. A project that reflects the work of hundreds of experts, panels, task forces and the input of professionals, consumers, as well as commercial interests could hardly have eventuated in anything other than "babel," especially given that the intellectual product was designed to achieve multiple goals and serve often competing purposes. At the same time, its remarkable, indeed global, success is testimony to both its effectiveness in. . .

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