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Berkeley Social Welfare Alumni Critique DSM-5 in New Book

Mad Science authors Stuart Kirk (DSW '73), David Cohen (PhD '89) and Tomi Gomory (PhD '98) question disease model underlying DSM

Berkeley Social Welfare distinguished alumni Stuart Kirk (DSW '73), David Cohen (PhD '89) and Tomi Gomory (PhD '98) have taken aim at the DSM-5 in Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs, released by Transaction Publishers in April.

In Mad Science, the authors offer a deconstruction of the mental health system and an important critical look at the misinterpretations and distortions of research and data influencing community diagnoses, treatment and services.

Dr. Kirk -- whose Berkeley Social Welfare 2010 Seabury Lecture titled, "Science and Politics in the Evolution of DSM," was based on part of one chapter in Mad Science -- is distinguished professor emeritus of social welfare at UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Dr. Cohen is professor of social work at Florida International University's Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work as well as a Fulbright-Tocqueville scholar.

Dr. Gomory is associate professor of social work at Florida State University as well as a Fulbright scholar.

Click here to read the USA Today article, "Another go-round in the saga of psychiatry's bible," which references Mad Science.