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Money and Mental Health: Did Big Pharma write 'The Psychiatrist's Bible'?

Are drug companies pushing to change the definition of mental illness for their own benefit? The controversy centres on a book that's been billed as "The Psychiatrist's Bible": the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM for short. It catalogues mental disorders and their symptoms. Last year, the fifth version of the book came out, unleashing a storm of criticism. Some accuse its authors of bowing to the lobbying of the pharmaceutical industry in order to sell more drugs.

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Report by A. Laïdi and S. de la Forterie.

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