Dr david healy documents a riveting and terrifying story that affects us all the antidepressant era the first complete account of the phenomenon of antidepressants shock therapy the history of electroconvulsive treatment in mental illness rutgers university press 2007 other books healy d the suspended revolution psychiatry . David healy is a former secretary of the british association for psychopharmacology and author of over 120 articles and 12 books including the antidepressant era and the creation of psychopharmacology. The antidepressant era chronicles the history of psychopharmacology from its inception with the discovery of chlorpromazine in 1951 to current battles over whether these powerful chemical compounds should replace psychotherapy an expert in both the history and the science of neurochemistry and psychopharmacology david healy offers a close up . Healys trilogy the psychopharmacologists the psychopharmacologists ii and the antidepressant era is a major achievement its importance goes beyond psychiatry and psychopharmacology to embrace the whole of medicine these books represent a quantum leap in understanding the processes that shape therapeutic innovation in clinical practice. David healy a professor of psychiatry at bangor university in the united kingdom is a psychiatrist psychopharmacologist scientist and authorhis main areas of research are the contribution of antidepressants to suicide conflict of interest between pharmaceutical companies and academic medicine and the history of pharmacology healy has written more than 150 peer reviewed articles 200
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