Critical Analysis : On Being Sane Insane Places : Experimenting With Psychiatric Diagnosis

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Critical Analysis Essay: Chapter Three
Throughout the chapter, "On Being Sane in Insane Places: EXPERIMENTING WITH PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSIS," Lauren Slater introduces David Rosenhan 's experiment and his emphasis on improper diagnosis. This chapter reviews Rosenhan 's original experiment and a duplicate, but the results slightly differ. The conflicts faced in these experiments are mislabeling with improper diagnosis and unfair treatment, while being admitted into a state hospital. Slater does an outstanding job explaining Rosenhan 's experiment, his findings, her version of the experiment, and her findings. Rosenhan was disgusted by the results to his experiment and I couldn 't find a better word to describe my reaction when I finished reading this chapter. I was certainly not happy when I realized how sick the psychiatrists were in this experiment. I felt as if they took advantage of their authority because they held the patients against their own will and that is what angered me the most.
Rosenhan set up his experiment to help him determine whether the psychiatrists would label the pseudopatients as being sane, or whether the psychiatrists would jump to judgment because they fear saying, "I don 't know" (Slater 63). Put another way, he wanted to measure the truthfulness and knowledge of the certified M.D.s. The experiment was held at a Pennsylvania state hospital and it involved Rosenhan, himself, and eight other pseudopatients. The pseudopatients all claimed to have heard…

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