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Book Discussion: Prozac on the Couch

MPI book discussion in Ann Arbor

The Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Shaman Drum Bookshop

Prozac on the Couch:  Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonder Drugs

Pills replaced the couch; neuroscience took the place of talk therapy; and as psychoanalysis faded from the scene, so did the castrating mothers and hysteric spinsters of Freudian theory.  Or so the story goes.  In Prozac on the Couch, psychiatrist Jonathan Michel Metzl, M.D. boldly challenges recent psychiatric history, showing that there's a lot of Dr. Freud encapsulated in late-twentieth-century psychotropic medications.  Providing a cultural history of treatments for depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses through a look at the professional and popular reception of three "wonder drugs" -- Miltown, Valium, and Prozac -- Dr. Metzl explains the surprising ways Freudian gender categories and popular gender roles have shaped understandings of these drugs. 

Author Jonathan Michel Metzl, M.D. is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Women's Studies and Director of the Program in Culture, Health, and Medicine at the University of Michigan.

Analyst Kimberlyn Leary, Ph.D. is a graduate of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute and Associate Director of the University of Michigan Psychological Clinic. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan.

Wednesday, May 7, 2003, 8:00 pm
Shaman Drum Bookshop
311-315 South State Street
Ann Arbor