Allen Frances in Bordeaux
In order to create an inclusive research community in Bordeaux focused on the links between health and society, the HEADS emerging program offers a series of scientific seminars led by internationally renowned researchers specializing in this field. One of the most prominent was the lecture given on November 26, 2014 by American psychiatrist Allen Frances, Professor Emeritus at Duke University. This researcher is best known for chairing the think-tank that produced the fourth revision of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV), a reference work published in 1994, characterizing and classifying all known mental disorders. He is also at the vanguard of the critiques of the subsequent version of this manual (DSM-5), a highly controversial update, due to the extension of the list of pathologies to disorders until then considered as minor – giving rise to the risk of overdiagnosis and excessive medicalization. Allen Frances’ lecture focused on health classifications and categories, and in particular on the social, political, ethnic and cultural factors to be taken into account in the defining of mental disorders. The lecture is available in full on the HEADS website.