This makes me wary because not only is it a misleading distinction, but it serves to further demonize or otherwise discredit those who do have mental illnesses. As an author, I generally lose respect for writers who rate their own books. The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness. The synopsis from the publisher gave me an impression of a very different book than I read. Author, Slaughterhouse 90210 Susannah Cahalan was not okay. Cahalan began by trying to develop an in depth study of the famous Rosenhan Study, published in Science Magazine in … If you’re going into this book expecting an in-depth rehashing of the Rosenhan experiment and its conclusions, you may be disappointed. In some ways, I think it may have been a better long-form article than an entire book, and the digressions to flesh out the history were the parts where my interest faded somewhat. Cahalan's brilliant, timely, and important book reshaped my understanding of mental health, psychiatric hospitals, and the history of scientific research. Once admitted, they behaved like their normal selves, but no one seemed to notice they were actually not mentally ill. When I saw Susannah Cahalan had a new book coming out, I knew I needed to read it. Part of the reason for this is that the focus of the book is not super specific. The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness ... Susannah Cahalan. @scahalan | susannahcahalan.com However, her book is exactly that. I would recommend reading Brain on Fire first as it will add a lot of depth to and appreciation for the beginning of this book when Susannah talks about her ordeal being erroneously diagnosed with a mental disorder. Susannah Cahalan’s The Great Pretender is such an achievement. She writes for the New York Post. I love non-fiction. Rosenhan's watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever. It wants to be a narrative about David Rosenhan and his 1973 pseudo-patient experiment. I was wrong. 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people--sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society--went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. . Of the 3, one pseudo-patient's results were suppressed because it contradicted Rosenhan's thesis. It would not be remiss to call this book an exposé. The great Pretender: The undercover mission that changed our understanding of madness, Cahalan, Susannah, New York, NY: Grand Central, 2019. p. 400, $28. If anything it reminded me with my conversations with my Ph.D. supervisor where 99% of the time we go int, I'm having a hard time deciding if this book deserves 4 or 5 stars. 'Destined to become a popular and important book' Jon Ronson 'Fascinating' Sunday Times In the early 1970s, Stanford professor Dr Rosenhan conducted an experiment, sending sane patients into psychiatric wards; the result of which was a damning paper about psychiatric practises. About Susannah Cahalan. And learning that has proven to be deeply disturbing, because people have mad. The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan may not seem a logical choice for a book review on a website about old, unsolved cases. The Great Pretender audiobook by Susannah Cahalan, narrated by Christie Moreau & Susannah Cahalan. The Great Pretender is an extraordinary look at the life of a Stanford professor and a famous paper he published in 1973, one that dramatically transformed American psychiatry in ways that still echo today. Refresh and try again. The actual purpose of the work remains elusive to the reader. Susannah Cahalan is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: … There's something great about a paperback book: They're perfect book club choices, you can throw them in your bag and go, and they've been out in... For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness-how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what.