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05-09-15 : Jeffrey Lieberman and 'Shrinks' :

A Most Fashionable Take on the Human Mind

Until I read 'Shrinks,' I never really understood psychiatry as either a profession or a medical science. I knew about bits and pieces.

Sigmund Freud was over here, looking like he belonged in a Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon. Bob Newhart was over there, the wise-acre wise man we all want to advise us. Hannibal Lecter may have been in chains, but that offered us no protection. The DSM IV was in my bookshelf, trying to turn it all into non-narrative non-fiction. Michel Gazzaniga, Richard Cytowic, and David Eagleman were manning the MRI consoles.

Mind, brain, soul, talk, flesh — how did it all fit together?

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05-09-15: A 2015 Interview with Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD

"..its influence to be as hegemonic as it was..."
— Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD

Jeffrey Lieberman, MD was relaxed and enthusiastic when we sat down to talk about this book 'Shrinks' at KQED. He was joined by his wonderful wife Rosemarie, who was acting as his (very effective) publicist. Every writer should be so lucky. But of course luck is there for the prepared mind, and few minds are as prepared as Dr. Lieberman's. It was a joy to sit and talk about one of my favorite my books this year.
04-29-15: A 2015 Interview with Barney Frank

"...while you're trying to change it, don't ignore it..."
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That said, I was honored to be able to speak with him when he came to town to speak for Bookshop Santa Cruz. I was nervous, as my take on the book felt a bit unusual.

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