Edward Shorter

Edward Shorter

Edward Shorter, Ph.D., author of What Psychiatry Left Out of the DSM-5 (Routledge 2015), is a social historian of medicine at the University of Toronto who has published widely in this field. His work includes the history of depression (How Everyone Became Depressed), histories of obstetrics and gynecology (Women’s Bodies), the doctor-patient relationship (Doctors and Their Patients), psychosomatic illness (From Paralysis to Fatigue), and sexuality (Written in the Flesh: A History of Desire). In 1991 he was appointed to the Faculty of Medicine as the Jason A. Hannah Professor in the History of Medicine. Since then Shorter has emerged as an internationally recognized historian of psychiatry and psychopharmacology. His publications in this evolving field include A History of Psychiatry; A Historical Dictionary of Psychiatry; and Before Prozac. In addition, his recent work includes Partnership for Excellence: Medicine at the University of Toronto and Academic Hospitals, a major history of the Faculty and its hospital affiliates (University of Toronto Press).

Biography brief
Professor Edward Shorter is a Professor of the History of Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, Canada. His research, spanning nearly four decades, began with his publication on the history of the family, which called his attention to medical issues experienced by women. After tackling the history of women's health and the history of psychosomatic illnesses, Professor Shorter's recent work has focused on the history of diagnosis and treatment in psychiatry.


Ph.D. Harvard University, 1968

Area of research
Social history of medicine, obstetrics, gynaecology, psychiatry, psychopharmacology; history of the family; history of sexuality.

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