From Demonic Possession to Neuroimaging, The Eccentric History of Psychiatry

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Columbia University psychiatrist Jeffrey Lieberman has spent over 25 years studying the treatment of mental illnesses. In his new book "Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry," he traces the field from its birth as a mystic pseudo-science to its current position as a respected medical field. We talk to the former president of the American Psychiatric Association about how research in neuroscience and genetics is changing the field, and why the stigma surrounding mental illness still impedes treatment.

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Jeffrey Lieberman, chair of psychiatry at Columbia University and former president of the American Psychiatric Association