Into the Abyss

Pages: 224
Imprint: Oneworld

Into the Abyss

A neuropsychiatrist's notes on madness

Anthony David

Is mental illness a disease of the brain or a disease of the mind?
9781786077059 (6 Feb 2020)
RRP £14.99 / US$24.95

The Book

We cannot know how to fix a problem until we understand its causes. But even for some of the most common mental health problems, three specialists might offer you three completely different treatments.

As a cognitive neuropsychiatrist, Professor Anthony David brings together many fields of study, from social and cognitive psychology to neurology. The key for each patient might be anything from a traumatic memory to a chemical imbalance, an unhealthy way of thinking or a hidden tumour.

Patrick believes he is dead; Jennifer's schizophrenia medication seems to bring on the symptoms of Parkinson's; Emma is in a coma - or is she just refusing to respond? 

These are the fascinating case studies that have driven the most startling insights in Anthony's forty-year career studying illnesses at the edge of human understanding.

Additional Information

Pages 224
Imprint Oneworld


About the Author

Anthony David is head of psychiatry at the renowned Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London and a practising clinician at the Maudsley and Bethlem Hospitals, South London, the country's leading psychiatric institution. He is also the director and Sackler Chair of the UCL Institute of Mental Health. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed articles and is editor of the journal Cognitive Neuropsychiatry. He also wrote the introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of R D Laing's The Divided Self.