THE LEGACY OF R D LAING
An Appraisal of His Contemporary Relevance

Edited by M GUY THOMPSON
168pp ILLUS 2015 LIST PRICE: £34.99 (P) Y040

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R D Laing (1927-89) continues to be widely recognised in the psychotherapy community. Laing’s books are a testament to his breadth of interests, including the understanding of madness, alternatives to conventional psychiatric treatment, existential philosophy and therapy, family systems, cybernetics, mysticism and poetry. He is most remembered for his critique of psychiatric practices, his controversial rejection of the concept of ‘mental illness’, and his ground-breaking centre for people in acute mental distress at Kingsley Hall, London. This appraisal of his contemporary relevance is composed by thinkers and practitioners who knew Laing intimately, some of whom worked with him. They bring Laing back into contemporary conversations about more humane approaches to helping those in profound mental distress.