Book Discussion on Artificial Happiness
Ronald Dworkin talked about his book Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class, published by Carroll and Graf. His… read more
Ronald Dworkin talked about his book Artificial Happiness: The Dark Side of the New Happy Class, published by Carroll and Graf. His book examines the rise of psychotropic drugs, alternative medicine, the belief in endorphins as a way to maximize health through exercise, and medicine’s investigations of spirituality. Dr. Dworkin argued that the politics of healthcare and medical ethics, combined with significant changes in popular culture, have altered the relationship between doctor and patient, sown discord within the medical profession, and pitted doctors against clergy as Americans are helped to feel happy independent of the facts in their lives. The author argued that primary care doctors are treating almost half the nation’s mentally ill and are medicating them at more than double the rate than that of psychiatrists. After his presentation he answered audience members' questions.
Dr. Dworkin is a physician practicing in the Department of Anesthesiology at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He also earned a doctorate in political philosophy from Johns Hopkins University. close
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