Sunday, September 10, 2006
As British newspapers struggle to turn themselves into one gigantic iPod, it is consoling to note that, at the high end, the Americans are keeping the faith by continung to do the best journals and serious magazines in the business. I've just been sent another - The New Atlantis - which,as usual, grips and informs more effectively than anything similar over here. Read this , for example. It is about Thomas Szasz, a psychiatrist who came to believe there was no such thing as mental illness. He was crushed by the profession, of course, but, if doctors can find no material basis for mental disorders, would we have to call them something other than diseases? I am inclined to think we would. In the same issue there is a related article about definitions of disease. I have thought for some time that this matter of disease and its parameters is one of the most fundamental issues of our time. The New Atlantis - long may it not be an iPod - seems to agree.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 7:02 am