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In 1952, the American Psychiatric Association released the first edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known as the DSM, and it quickly became the primary reference for mental health practitioners. But it's been controversial from the start, given that diagnoses affect everything from health insurance coverage to special needs support. We talk with an author and practicing psychotherapist about the history of the manual and the newly revised fifth edition coming out later this month.
Excerpt from "The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry" by Gary Greenberg. Copyright 2013 by Gary Greenberg. Reprinted here by permission of Blue Rider Press. All rights reserved.
Last week, the D.C. Council voted to designate e-cigarettes and "similar vapor products containing nicotine" as tobacco products. That means that their sales tax will jump from the regular 5.75% sales tax to the 70% tax that's tacked onto sales of products like cigarettes and cigars. We explore what this means for the evolving public health debate surrounding e-cigarettes.