In the 1960s and 1970s new pharmacology revolutionized psychiatry. But radical social, economic, and political formations simultaneously demanded a very different kind of mental medicine. This lively and richly interdisciplinary book charts how profound shifts within both medicine and society – and in relations between them – transformed modern American attitudes. - Rab Houston, School of History, University of St Andrews; author of Autism in History (with Uta Frith) Break On Through
is a fascinating history of the blossoming of 'countercultural' approaches to mental illness and its treatment in the 1970s. By exploring the mental health 'fringe' – radical psychiatry, the human potential movement, parapsychology, and psychedelic drugs – Lucas Richert offers a bold, fresh perspective on 'mainstream' psychiatry and psychology in the late twentieth century. Break On Through
will interest not only scholars of post-1970 America but also policymakers seeking insight into today's mental health care challenges. - Nancy Tomes, SUNY Distinguished Professor of History, Stony Brook University
This book is a trip, in the best sense- Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Break on Through: Radical Psychiatry and the American Counterculture
offers a refreshing and important contribution to our understanding of the 1970s from the perspective of mental health.
- Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Break On Through
reminds us that the fringes have in fact had a marked impact on orthodox medicine since the mid-20th century, especially within American psychiatry.
-Canadian Bulletin of Medical History