Edward Shorter

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Edward Shorter, PhD., (born 1941) is a American/Canadian medical historian and writer. He is the Jason A. Hannah Professor of the History of Medicine at the University of Toronto.[1]

Doctor Shorter responded to the 2015 Institute of Medicine report saying "Their report is valueless, junk science at its worst."[2]

Education[edit]

  • 1968, PhD., Harvard University, in modern social history[3]

Notable studies[edit]

Articles[edit]

  • 19 Feb 2015, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Back! But the new Institute of Medicine report is driven by politics, not science This article in Psychology Today was pulled and replaced with a less strongly-worded one a week later. However, in both, he criticizes the Institute of Medicine committee: "It’s a committee that the CFS patients’ lobby has roped, captured, and hogtied. How the Institute of Medicine could have let itself in for this embarrassment is a mystery." "Nothing has changed since then [1992] in scientific terms. There have been no convincing new studies, no breakthrough findings of organicity, nothing.""But, rather than SEID, what many of these patients have is a kind of delusional somatization, the unshakeable belief that something is wrong with their bodies rather than their minds."
  • 23 Feb 1915, Chronic Fatigue in the Context of the History of Medicine: Lives today are ruined by CFS Shorter writes:"Is it possible that the symptoms of ME/CFS are occasionally caused by a real but undiagnosed disease? In some cases, undoubtedly. But the term includes two other clinical populations as well: patients with delusional somatization, who simply misinterpret the signals their bodies are sending off; and patients with a psychiatric disorder such as depression, which often causes feelings of pain and fatigue. The interests of these latter two groups are not well served by asserting that they have an occult organic illness."

Books[edit]

  • 2015, What Psychiatry Left Out of the DSM-5: Historical Mental Disorders Today[4]
  • 2013, Partnership for Excellence: Medicine at the University of Toronto and Academic Hospitals[5]
  • 2013, How Everyone Became Depressed: The Rise and Fall of the Nervous Breakdown[6]
  • 2010, Endocrine Psychiatry: Solving the Riddle of Melancholia, co-authored with Max Fink[7]
  • 2009, Before Prozac[8]
  • 2007, Shock Therapy: A History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness, co-authored with David Healy[9]
  • 2007, Chapter 2, "Chronic Fatigue in Historical Perspective" in Ciba Foundation Symposium 173 - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome[10]
  • 2005, A Historical Dictionary of Psychiatry[11]
  • 2000, The Kennedy Family and the Story of Mental Retardation[12]
  • 1997, History of Psychiatry: From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac[13]
  • 1993, From the Mind Into the Body[14]
  • 1992, From Paralysis to Fatigue: A History of Psychosomatic Illness in the Modern Era[15]
  • 1991, Doctors and Their Patients: A Social History[16]
  • 1990, Women's Bodies: A Social History of Women's Encounter with Health, Ill-Health, and Medicine[17]
  • 1987, The Health Century[18]
  • 1986, Bedside Manners: The Troubled History of Doctors & Patients[19]
  • 1983, A History of Women's Bodies[20]
  • 1977, The Making of the Modern Family[21]

Talks & interviews[edit]

Online presence[edit]

Learn more[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. http://www.psychiatry.utoronto.ca/people/dr-edward-shorter/
  2. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is Back!
  3. http://livinghistory.med.utoronto.ca/people/edward-shorter
  4. Edward Shorter (2015), What Psychiatry Left Out of the DSM-5: Historical Mental Disorders Today (book), ISBN 1138830895 
  5. Edward Shorter (2013), Partnership for Excellence: Medicine at the University of Toronto and Academic Hospitals (book), ISBN 1442645954 
  6. Edward Shorter (2013), How Everyone Became Depressed: The Rise and Fall of the Nervous Breakdown (book), ISBN 0199948089 
  7. Edward Shorter and Max Fink (2010), Endocrine Psychiatry: Solving the Riddle of Melancholia (book), ISBN 0199737460 
  8. Edward Shorter (2009), Before Prozac (book), ISBN 0195368746 
  9. Edward Shorter and David Healy (2007), Shock Therapy: A History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness (book), ISBN 0813541697 
  10. Shorter, E. (2007) Chronic Fatigue in Historical Perspective, in Ciba Foundation Symposium 173 - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (eds G. R. Bock and J. Whelan), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Chichester, UK, pp 6-22. doi: 10.1002/9780470514382.ch2
  11. Edward Shorter (2005), A Historical Dictionary of Psychiatry (book), ISBN 0195176685 
  12. Edward Shorter (2000), The Kennedy Family and the Story of Mental Retardation (book), ISBN 1566397820 
  13. Edward Shorter (1997), History of Psychiatry: From the Era of the Asylum to the Age of Prozac (book), ISBN 047115749X 
  14. Edward Shorter (1993), From the Mind Into the Body (book), ISBN 0029286662 
  15. Edward Shorter (1992), From Paralysis to Fatigue: A History of Psychosomatic Illness in the Modern Era (book), ISBN 0029286654 
  16. Edward Shorter (1991), Doctors and Their Patients: A Social History (book), ISBN 088738871X 
  17. Edward Shorter (1990), Women's Bodies: A Social History of Women's Encounter with Health, Ill-Health, and Medicine (book), ISBN 0887388485 
  18. Edward Shorter (1987), The Health Century (book), ISBN 0385242360 
  19. Edward Shorter (1986), Bedside Manners: The Troubled History of Doctors & Patients (book), ISBN 0670810215 
  20. Edward Shorter (1983), A History of Women's Bodies (book), ISBN 0465030297 
  21. Edward Shorter (1977), The Making of the Modern Family (book), ISBN 0465097227 


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