explores the subject of the assault upon human rights
and human freedom by psychiatrists and the clinical methods they use.
The book traces the history of lobotomy and ECT from their invention in
southern Europe in the 1930s, under fascist and authoritarian regimes,
to the present day. The alarming growth in the use of antipsychotic
drugs, which often have devastating side effects, is also surveyed.
book combines personal accounts of the author’s encounters with
psychiatrists and mental illness with a thoroughgoing history of the use
of various treatments (such as lobotomy and electroconvulsive therapy)
by mental health professionals. There is also a chapter dedicated to
the portrayal of the psychiatric profession in fiction, autobiography
and film, which aims to illustrate how psychiatry has penetrated popular
culture and just how deeply its transgressions have affected those
subjected to its methods.
'Anthony James uses clear language to lay out
the story of the inhumane treatments that have blighted the reputation
of modern psychiatry. He tells the story of its horrible history and
draws parallels between its use in the totalitarian regimes of the
Twentieth Century and its use as a method of control in Western
societies for those who 'do not fit in'.
There can be no greater
attack on liberty than the assault perpetrated on the human brain by
those that govern us, or those into whose care we entrust our health. It
is this vital liberty, Anthony James argues, that has been
systematically removed from the most vulnerable of patients that have
passed into the care of our psychiatric hospitals. This book should be
read by anyone who is setting out on a career in psychiatry and has been
given the standard texts to study. It will also be of invaluable help
to those who were the patients, who so often feel isolated and alone in
their experience.' — James Maw, author and journalist.
The Happy Passion
Did you think philosophy is boring and not for you? Not at all! Jacob
Bronowski was at the heart of some of the most exciting and terrible
events of the last hundred years. My article on him appeared in The Philosopher
in autumn 2008, and my full length book on him The Happy Passion
was published in Britain and America in 2011 by Imprint Academic.
lived through what he described as 'the two great catastrophes of the
twentieth century: the rise of Hitler in 1933 and the dropping of the
atomic bombs in 1945', and yet the keynote of his life was an enduring
optimism. He was a professional scientist, scientific administrator,
poet, philosopher, dramatist and television and radio personality - a
rare figure in our cultural history!
Jacob Bronowski visits Auschwitz
Life and the Limestone Dragon
Life and the Limestone Dragon
on the Gower peninsula, west of Swansea, was published in 2010, also by
Green Arrow Publishing. This book is a memoir and volume of
reminiscences that describes the significance of Gower - one of the most
scenically magnificent and historically rich areas in Europe - in my
own life, from a young age to the present.
Dream Forest Diary
My book Dream Forest Diary about my childhood in an exotic and
historically valuable area of South Wales, the Penllergare Valley, was
published in 2008 by Green Arrow Publishing. I have been delighted that
copies of my book have already been bought and read by people in places
as far apart as London and California! Perhaps this is because
childhood is a universal experience, although we all have different
Articles about both Dream Forest Diary and Life and the Limestone Dragon appeared in the South Wales Evening Post:
I am currently
working on a book about the Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and
simultaneously on a screenplay on his life.
In addition I have written several articles and poems.