Book Review: “Saving Normal” by Allen Frances

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“Saving Normal: An Insider’s Revolt against Out-of-Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, DSM-5, Big Pharma, and the Medicalization of Ordinary Life” by Allen Frances is a worthwhile book to read if you are dealing with professionals.Frances fills a much needed gap between the unquestioning acceptance of diagnostic checklists and the anti-psychiatry conspiracy theorists.

For those of us who lament that if you have an open wound with blood dripping out of it, a doctor will know exactly what to do but anything more subtle can leave them much less certain, he reminds us how inexact a science psychiatry is – mainly because people are such complex creatures.

Although not just about autism, it is highly relevant to the move to place Asperger Syndrome back within Autism Spectrum Disorder.

It’s a fairly easy read and a bit meandering but it should help generate much needed debate within the field.

You can also see some of his articles on

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