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Recovery of People with Mental Illness


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Abraham Rudnick: Preface: background and overview About the authors Overview of Chapter 1 1: Abraham Rudnick: Introduction Section 1: First person accounts in relation to recovery 2: Wilma Boevink: Life beyond psychiatry 3: Margaret Swarbrick: A wellness approach to mental health recovery 4: Eliahu Shamir: Families and patients with mental illness - on the recovery road Section 2: Historical, epistemological and metaphysical aspects of recovery of people with mental illness 5: Louis C. Charland: Benevolence and discipline: the concept of recovery in early 19th century moral treatment 6: Mike Slade: The epistemological basis of personal recovery 7: Kenneth Gill: Contrasting conceptualizations of recovery imply distinct research methodology 8: Ademola Adeponle, Rob Whitley, and Laurence J. Kirmayer: Cultural contexts and constructions of recovery 9: Beate Schrank, Johannes Wally, and Burghart Schmidt: Recovery and hope in relation to schizophrenia 10: Bradley Lewis: Recovery, narrative theory and generative madness 11: Paul Lysaker and John Lysaker: From being subjected to being a subject: recovery in relation to schizophrenia Section 3: Justice and other ethical aspects of recovery of people with mental illness 12: Shlomo Kravetz and Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon: Some social science antinomies and their implications for the recovery-oriented approach to mental illness and psychiatric rehabilitation 13: Douglas Porter and Peter Zachar: Recovery and the partitioning of scientific authority in psychiatry 14: Rachel Cooper: Being ill and getting better: recovery and accounts of disorder 15: Tim Thornton: Is recovery a model? 16: Larry Davidson: Considering recovery as a process: or, life is not an outcome 17: Elizabeth Flanagan, Dror Ben Zeev, and Patrick Corrigan: Recovery and stigma: issues of social justice 18: Marcus Yu-Lung Chiu: Recovery and advocacy: contextualising justice in relation to recovery from mental illness in East Asia 19: Abraham Rudnick: Ethical and related practical issues faced by recovery-oriented mental health care providers: a risk-benefit analysis

About the Author

Dr. Abraham (Rami) Rudnick, BMedSc, MD, MPsych, PhD, CPRP, FRCPC, is a psychiatrist and a philosopher who conducts research, teaches, practices clinically and leads mental health care services in Canada. His particular expertise is in bioethics and in psychiatric rehabilitation, especially in relation to people with serious mental illness such as schizophrenia. In his work, he addresses philosophical aspects of health and its correlates and recovery of people with mental illness.


This book certainly prompts readers to reexamine their understanding of recovery and any bias (cultural or otherwise) that they may have ... a wonderful read for anyone interested in mental health policy, reflective practice, philosophy, or psychiatric research. I would highly recommend it to those readers. * Doody's Notes, Feb 2013 *

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