Moving Healing Psychiatry Forward

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"American psychiatry, in its commitment to biological determinism, is in danger of dehumanizing the patient it is attempting to cure. To heal itself, psychiatry must change its philosophical assumptions. I believe that Brendel is absolutely right that it needs to adopt a skeptical, pragmatic, pluralistic outlook. This is an important contribution to the philosophy of psychiatry."
--Arnold H. Modell, M. D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"David Brendel's masterful book is more urgent than ever.....This is an important book that should be on the bookshelf, or better yet, in the hands of every psychiatrist, clinician, and philosopher interested in mental health." [Read full review here]
--Carol Steinberg Gould Professor of Philosophy, Florida Atlantic University


  • book
    • 2006
      Healing psychiatry: Bridging the science/humanism divide
      Cambridge, MA: MIT Press Brendel DH
  • book chapters
    • 1996
      Hallucinogens and phencyclidine. In: Source book of substance abuse and addiction.
      Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1996, p. 217-29. Brendel DH, West H, Hyman SE.
    • 1996
      An approach to psychotherapy. In: The 10-minute guide to psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.
      New York: Professional Publishing Group, 2005, p. 413-29. Brendel DH
    • 2006
      Psychotherapy and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: The dialectic of individual and collective healing. In: Trauma, truth, and reconciliation: Healing damaged relationships.
      New York: Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 15-27. Brendel DH
    • 2013
      The price of a gift: An approach to receiving gifts from patients in psychiatric practice. In: Applied ethics in mental health care: An interdisciplinary reader, eds. DA Sisti, AL Caplan, H Rimon-Greenspan.
      Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013, p. 303-20. Brendel DH, Chu J, Radden J, Leeper H, Pope HG, Samson J, Tsimprea G, Bodkin JA.
    • 2017
      Pragmatism. In: The encyclopedia of clinical psychology, eds. R Cautin, S Lilienfeld. Malden.
      Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2017 , forthcoming. Sisti DA, Brendel DH.

Papers & Articles

  • original articles
    • 1990
      Sleep stage physiology, mood and vigilance responses to total sleep deprivation
      Psychophysiol 1990:27:677-685. Brendel DH
    • 2000
      Massive sertraline overdose. Ann Emerg Med
      Ann Emerg Med 2000; 36:524-526. Brendel DH, Bodkin JA, Yang JM.
    • 2000
      Philosophy of mind in the clinic: The relation between causal and meaningful explanation in psychiatry.
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2000;8:184-191. Brendel DH
    • 2001
      Multifactorial causation of mental disorders: A proposal to improve the DSM.
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2001;9:42-45. Brendel DH
    • 2001
      'In sleep I almost never grope': Blindness, neuropsychiatric deficits, and a chaotic upbringing.
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2001;9:178-188. Brendel DH, Florman J, Roberts S, Solet JM.
    • 2001
      The ethics of diagnostic and therapeutic paradigm choice in psychiatry.
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2001;9:178-188. Brendel DH.
    • 2002
      'I see dead people': Overcoming psychic numbness.
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2002;10:166?78. Brendel DH, Bodkin JA, Hauptman B, Ornstein A.
    • 2003
      Complications to consent.
      J Clin Ethics 2003;14:90-94. Brendel DH
    • 2003
      Reductionism, eclecticism, and pragmatism in psychiatry: The dialectic of clinical explanation.
      J Med Philos 2003;28:563-580. Brendel DH
    • 2003
      A pragmatic consideration of the relation between depression and melancholia.
      Philos Psychiatry Psychology 2003;10:53-55. Brendel DH
    • 2003
      The institutional ego: A psychoanalytic consideration of ethics review.
      Am Psychoanal 2003;37:10,30. Brendel DH
    • 2004
      Healing psychiatry: A pragmatic approach to bridging the science/humanism divide.
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2004;12:150-157. Brendel DH
    • 2006
      The ethics of palliative care in psychiatry.
      J Clin Ethics 2006;17:333-338. Holman JB, Brendel DH
    • 2007
      The price of a gift: An approach to receiving gifts from patients in psychiatric practice.
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2007;15:43-51. Brendel DH, Chu J, Radden J, Leeper H, Pope HG, Samson J, Tsimprea G, Bodkin JA.
    • 2007
      Introduction: The complex mosaic of psychotherapy in the twenty-first century.
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2007;15:265-9. Holman JB, Jaffee W, Brendel DH.
    • 2007
      A bottom-up, pragmatic approach to the philosophy of psychiatry.
      Bulletin of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy & Psychiatry 2007;14:5-6. Brendel DH.
    • 2008
      Beyond Engel: Clinical pragmatism as the foundation of psychiatric practice.
      Philos Psychiatry Psychology 2008; in press. Brendel DH.
    • 2008
      Pluralism in action.
      J Am Psychoanal Assoc 2008;56:283-93. Brendel DH.
    • 2008
      Psychophysical causation and a pragmatist approach to human behavior.
      Philos Psychiatry Psychology 2008; in press. Brendel DH.
    • 2008
      A plea for pragmatism in clinical research ethics.
      Am J Bioethics 2008;8:24-31. Brendel DH, Miller FN.
    • 2008
      The diversification of psychiatric ethics.
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2008;8:24-31. Brendel DH.
    • 2008
      The use of palliative sedation for existential distress: A psychiatric perspective.
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2008;16:339-51. Schuman-Olivier Z, Brendel DH, Forstein M, Price BH.
    • 2008
      Ethics consultation to PACT teams: Balancing client autonomy and clinical necessity
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2008;16:365-72. Trinh N, Moore D, Brendel DH.
    • 2009
      Medical professionalism in the age of online social networking.
      J Med Ethics 2009;35:584-6. Guseh JS, Brendel RW, Brendel DH.
    • 2010
      Introduction: Avatars, cybercoaches, and search engines: Internet technology's value in modern psychiatry.
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2010;18:77-9. Gorrindo T, Brendel DH.
    • 2010
      Patient-targeted googling: The ethics of searching online for patient information.
      Harvard Review of Psychiatry 2010;18:103-12. Clinton BK, Silverman BC, Brendel DH.
    • 2010
      Financial conflicts of interest and the ethical obligations of medical school faculty and the profession.
      Perspect Biol Med 2010;53:534-44. Austad K, Brendel DH, Brendel RW.
    • 2012
      Monitoring Blogs: A New Dilemma for Psychiatrists.
      Virtual Mentor. 2012; 14:441-444. Brendel DH
    • 2012
      David Brendel. "Physicians In Cyberspace: New Dilemmas For Medicine"
      Footnote1. July 27, 2012
    • 2017
      David Brendel. "5 Signs It's Time to Find a New Adult ADHD Treatment"
      HealthGrades. November 10, 2017
    • 2017
      David Brendel. "A Doctor's View on ADHD Medication
      HealthGrades1. November 10, 2017
  • book reviews
    • 2007
      Review of Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (Oxford University Press, 2006)
      JAMA 2007;297:1004-5. Brendel DH
    • 2007
      Review of Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling: A Practical Guide.
      Psychiatric Times 2007;24:65.. Brendel DH
  • letter
    • 2002
      The mind-body problem. Am J Psychiatry
      discussion 880-1. Brendel DH
  • editorial
    • 2005
      Psychoanalytic psychotherapy needs to "count."
      Focus: News from the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute 2005;4:8-9. Brendel DH
  • thesis
    • 1999
      Psychoanalysis, neuropsychiatry, and the mind: A philosophical inquiry into the contemporary status of psychological explanation.
      Chicago (IL): University of Chicago;1999. Brendel DH