Into the Abyss

Pages: 224
Imprint: Oneworld

Into the Abyss

A neuropsychiatrist's notes on troubled minds

Anthony David

Is mental illness a disease of the brain or a disease of the mind?
Paperback
9781786078544 (6 Feb 2020)
RRP £12.99
Hardback
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 Director of the UCL Institute of Mental Health and honorary consultant neuropsychiatrist at the National Hospital, Queen Square. For twenty-eight years he was a consultant psychiatrist at Maudsley Hospital, London, the country's leading psychiatric institution. A Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Academy of Medical Sciences, he has published over 600 peer-reviewed articles and is co-editor of the journal Cognitive Neuropsychiatry.and the book Lishman's Organic Psychiatry. He also wrote the introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of R. D. Laing's The Divided Self.

Reviews

‘Few are better suited to tell the story of our mental lives than Anthony David. He has written a beautiful, intimate book of the stories he's seen, one that probes at the nexus of the biological and societal, of kindness and analysis, of objectivity and empathy, of the individual mind and the social forces that shape it. In his shoes, we get to step into the private realm of the psychiatrist's office, and often into the lingering questions left in the psychiatrist's mind.' 

- - David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Stanford University, internationally bestselling author, creator and host of The Brain

Also by this author