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About Edward Shorter

A Harvard-trained social historian, Edward Shorter has held the Hannah Professorship in the History of Medicine at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine since 1991. In 1996, he was cross-appointed as Professor of Psychiatry in recognition of his rising profile as a historian of psychiatry. He is the author of numerous books on the evolution of the discipline, including A History of Psychiatry (1997); Before Prozac (2009); How Everyone Became Depressed (2013); and What Psychiatry Left Out of the DSM-5 (2015).

About Stormy's World: Inside Porn

Stormy Daniels became front page news. The transformation in what used to be called "smut" is astonishing. One moment it's a "public health crisis" in Nebraska, the next moment Stormy's bodyguards are fighting off the photographers as she swans into a court hearing that directly affects the president of the United States.

This book sets Stormy in context. But it's not just a biopic. It's about the larger forces at play here.

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red light district

Prostitutes Have Fled De Wallen, Amsterdam

De Wallen’s Problems It is unfortunate to see Amsterdam’s red light district, De Wallen, turn into a ghost town. COVID-19 is only part of the issue. The problem with De Wallen was that it made prostitution seem as if prostitution were degrading.  There were these provocative women, displayed in shop windows, one after another, as…

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