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NeuroThe New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind$
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Nikolas Rose and Joelle M. Abi-Rached

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149608

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149608.001.0001

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All in the Brain?

All in the Brain?

(p.110) Chapter Four All in the Brain?

Nikolas Rose

Joelle M. Abi-Rached

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the question of diagnosis of psychiatric disorders and examines the relationship between neuroscience and psychiatry from this perspective. Despite the penetrating gaze of neuroscience, which has opened up the brain to vision in so many ways, psychiatric classification remains superficial. This neuromolecular vision seems incapable of grounding the clinical work of psychiatry in the way that has become routine in other areas of medicine. Despite the conviction of most practitioners that they deal with conditions that have a corporeal seat in the brain of the afflicted individual, psychiatry has failed to establish the bridge that, from the nineteenth century on, underpinned the epistemology of modern clinical medicine—the capacity to link the troubles of the troubled and troubling individuals who are its subjects with the vital anomalies that underpin them.

Keywords:   neuropsychiatry, psychiatric disorders, mental illness, psychiatric diagnosis, neuroscience, psychiatric classification, psychiatry, clinical medicine

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