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Laing founded a therapeutic community at Kingsley Hall in London13 where the best known patient to be treated was Mary Barnes, who later wrote the story of her life there (Barnes and Berke 1991). Although this unit closed, its work continues to the present through the Philadelphia Association and the Arbours Association. Most of the psychiatrists and their mental health colleagues who embraced anti-psychiatry were avowedly left-wing in their views. qxd 28 5/21/04 2:34 PM Page 28 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHIATRY However, anti-psychiatry also had a strong libertarian ‘right’ wing (Sedgwick 1982).

The most impressive of all is the achievement of the neuroradiologists who, with brain-imaging techniques, have been able over the last twenty years to move from the early findings with CT scanning that the brains of people with the diagnosis of schizophrenia might show enlargement of the ventricles, to the extraordinary images achieved with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) enables us to see a response in the brain occurring as a result of some action such as movement or listening to music.

Later they would coined the term ‘neuroleptic’, a term also applied to haloperidol which was developed in 1958. The anti-depressant action of the mono-amine oxidase inhibitors was discovered during the search for a treatment for tuberculosis. Many different compounds were synthesized from the large quantity of hydralazine left over from the Nazi rocket programme of the Second World War and tested for possible actions. Mono-Amine Oxidase Inhibitors (or MAOIs) were widely used in the treatment of depression, particularly in treatment-resistant illness, but their use has declined in the last twenty years because of major problems of interaction with other drugs and certain foods.

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