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).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Social history of medicine, obstetrics, gynaecology, psychiatry, psychopharmacology; history of the family; history of sexuality.