The most important work on stigma in more than half a century
Roy Richard Grinker’s Nobody’s Normal is the most important work on stigma in more than half a century. It tells two intertwined stories – a meticulous, comparative history of mental illness from the Enlightenment to the present, highlighting the centrality of military medicine in times of war, and the story of his own family. As a distinguished anthropologist, the son, grandson, and great-grandson of noteworthy psychiatrists, and the father of a daughter with autism, Grinker brilliantly unravels the tension between deviance and vulnerability by shaping the relationship between multiple generations.
Sander L. Gilman Distinguished Professor of the Liberal Arts and Sciences; Professor of Psychiatry, Emory University
Author of Seeing the Insane
A “must read” book!
From time immemorial, we have averted our eyes rather face the cold hard facts of the impact of war on the human psyche. With the wide-ranging eye and objectivity of a brilliant anthropologist, Grinker has written a “must read” book for those seeking to understand, prevent and treat the wounds of war to the heart, mind and soul.
Pete Geren, Former United States Secretary of the Army and U.S. Congressman.
An informative and thoughtful book
Nobody’s Normal is an unusually engaging history of mental illness and the stigma attached to it. Dr. Grinker threads together the attitudes of society toward psychiatric illness with the lives and work of his ancestors, and his daughter’s experience of autism. The result is an informative and thoughtful book about mental illness: common, painful, usually treatable, and profoundly tied to the human condition.
Kay Redfield Jamison, Author of An Unquiet Mind and Robert Lowell: Setting the River on Fire (Pulitzer Prize Finalist)
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