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9 May 1996
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness 
by Kay Redfield Jamison.
Picador, 220 pp., £15.99, April 1996, 0 330 34650 4
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Touched with Fire 
by Kay Redfield Jamison.
Free Press, 250 pp., £19.95, December 1994, 0 02 916030 8
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Welcome to My Country: A Therapist’s Memoir of Medness 
by Lauren Slater.
Hamish Hamilton, 199 pp., £16, April 1996, 0 241 13638 5
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... electro-convulsive therapy, paint, drama, group conversation, a strict one-on-one analysis – or be cut loose and sent off to the margins of society. You might also, if Kay Redfield Jamison and LaurenSlater’s books are any indication of present trends, choose either to become a creative artist or, if the muse doesn’t speak, train as a clinical psychologist. Nowadays, it seems, you can be a ...

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Mike Jay: Psychedelics

27 September 2018
How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics 
by Michael Pollan.
Allen Lane, 465 pp., £20, May 2018, 978 0 241 29422 2
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Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds 
by Lauren Slater.
Little, Brown, 400 pp., £20, February 2018, 978 0 316 37064 6
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... of the medical paradigm as ‘a means to a more ambitious and still more controversial end: the incorporation of psychedelics into American society and culture, not just medicine’. In Blue Dreams, LaurenSlater’s account of the past, present and future of psychiatric medicine, Doblin explains why, despite the considerable early promise of MDMA use in relationship therapy, he decided to focus his ...

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