Prejudices and fallacies

In this edited extract from The Book of Woe: the DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry, Dr Gary Greenberg looks at one example of how psychiatric diagnosis can be used for political purposes.

Shortly after New Orleans physician Dr Samuel Cartwright discovered a new disease in 1850, he realised that a medical pioneer such as himself faced a special burden. “In noticing a disease not heretofore classed among the long list of maladies that man is subject to,” he told a gathering of the Medical Association of Lousiana, “it was