New PDF release: Aliens and Alienists: Ethnic Minorities and Psychiatry

By R. Littlewood

ISBN-10: 0203978145

ISBN-13: 9780203978146

ISBN-10: 0415157242

ISBN-13: 9780415157247

ISBN-10: 0415157250

ISBN-13: 9780415157254

During this vintage textual content the authors study the hyperlinks among racism, mental ailing healthiness and insufficient remedy of ethnic minorities. via a chain of case experiences they speak about: * the mental legacy of colonialism and slavery * the racist bias in psychiatric and mental concept * diagnostic bias * the function of faith in psychological health and wellbeing or disease * the price of anthropological and pschoanalytic insights. The concluding bankruptcy during this variation studies the improvement of 'transcultural psychiatry' and summarises adjustments in management of the psychological overall healthiness Act.

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Rasta men exclude their women or ‘queens’ from decisionmaking and value them principally as followers and mothers. Family life is highly regarded. Abortion and contraception (‘the white man’s plan for black genocide’) are abhorred. Suspicious of establishment doctors and hospitals, many believe that ‘no death is natural’. Illness is universally treated with ganja (cannabis)—‘the herb’—which is smoked, eaten and drunk: a source of nutrition, entertainment and revelation. Alcohol is avoided and some Rastas follow dietary restrictions similar to those of Judaism.

Before his second admission to hospital, Calvin had been smoking ganja. Cannabis is extensively used in Britain and many other countries without apparently causing harmful effects. Users claim that it is preferable to cigarettes or alcohol. For the Rastafarians it is a ritual drug of primary importance, although Jamaicans believe, on little evidence, that it leads to violence [297, 35 5]. Some Caribbean and Indian studies suggest, however, that cannabis may sometimes cause auditory hallucinations and feelings of persecution [162].

As psychiatry has sought to relinquish the magical symbols of medicine, many of these have been confusingly adopted by other professions: porters, clerks and domestic staff may now wear the clinical white coat [154]. A common mode of arrival of minority patients at a hospital is to be brought in by the police under Section 136, like Calvin Johnson (see p. 4), often at night [258]. Does the psychiatrist see himself as an ally of the police or the patient, or ETHNIC MINORITIES AND THE PSYCHIATRIST 15 perhaps of both?

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