Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds by Lauren Slater

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Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds Read Online Free - A groundbreaking and revelatory history of our major psychotropic drugs, from "a thoroughly exhilarating and entertaining writer" (Washington Post).

Although one in five Americans now takes at least one psychotropic drug, the fact remains that nearly seventy years after doctors first began prescribing them, we still don't know exactly how or why these drugs work--or don't work--on what ails our brains. Blue Dreams offers the explosive story of the discovery, invention, people, and science behind our licensed narcotics, as told by a riveting writer and psychologist who shares her own intimate experience with the highs and lows of psychiatry's drugs.

Lauren Slater's account ranges from the earliest, Thorazine and lithium, up through Prozac and other antidepressants, as well as Ecstasy, "magic mushrooms," the most cutting-edge memory drugs, and even neural implants. Along the way, she narrates the history of psychiatry itself, illuminating the imprint its colorful little capsules have left on millions of brains worldwide, and demonstrating how these wonder drugs may heal us or hurt us.

Title : Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds
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ISBN : 0316370649
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Gingersnap rated it ★★★★★

February 23, 2018

This book BREATHTAKING! It was shocking! And anyone who says you shouldn't read it I think has something to hide!!! I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the publisher, and because of how far behind I am on my reading schedule, took a couple of weeks to read it. Life just kept g...

Kent rated it ★★★★★

March 08, 2018

This book does a couple of things very well. First, it gives an excellent background on the history of psychiatric medicine and at the same time shows, more than it tells, just how hit and miss our use of psychotropic medications are. These drugs are dangerous and while they work for some, they c...

Nancy rated it ★★★★☆

February 28, 2018

Lauren Slater's way of describing the history of psychiatric medication is easily accessible and engaging for the lay reader. Her background as both a therapist and a patient gives the reader a believable look at this topic. The book moves from the well documented successes and failures of past m...

Rhonda rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2018

Lauren Slater is open honest and raw holding nothing about her use of psychotropic drugs.This book is a fascinating at times horrific look at theses drugs their use the havoc they can cause in your body your life& those around you.Highly recommend .Thanks @littlebrown& @netgalley for adva...

Shaun rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2018

I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. "Blue Dreams" is an interesting history wrapped around the personal story of the author, Lauren Slater. The history of psychotropic drugs is discussed from Thorazine to Prozac to psilocybin and MDMA. The book is laid...

Louis rated it ★★★★☆

March 11, 2018

Lauren Slater's Blue Dreams: The Science and the Story of the Drugs that Changed Our Minds explores the history of psychopharmacology, from the development of Lithium and Thorazine to more contemporary drugs. Although Lithium and Thorazine were clearly breakthroughs, an improvement over lobotomie...

Jenny rated it ★★★★☆

March 09, 2018

I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you! For a subject matter that I don't normally read, I found this book quite fascinating. Each chapter focuses on a different drug that shaped the past, present, and possible future of modern treatment of psychological illness...

Judy rated it ★★★☆☆

March 17, 2018

Absolutely terrifying. Hard to imagine that our powerful psychotropic drugs can be so ineffective and misused. I found the section on placebos to be especially scary.

Tony rated it ★★★★★

November 17, 2017

Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you!

Bridgett rated it ★★★★★

March 05, 2018

Lauren Slater writes beautifully about psychopharmacology. This book is part history/part memoir/part musing. Lyrical, smart, and curious.

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