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The emperors new drugs absolutely dismantles the case for antidepressants as a pharmacologically effective treatment publishers weekly writing with a broad audience in mind kirsch expands on this important topic in a lively style with clear cogent explanations of the science involved and many examples of the differences between solid and flawed research. The emperors new drugs exploding the antidepressant myth is a 2009 book by irving kirsch arguing that the chemical imbalance theory of depression is wrong and that antidepressants have little or no direct effect on depression but because of their common serious side effects they are powerful active placebos. Buy the emperors new drugs exploding the antidepressant myth by kirsch phd irving isbn 9781847920836 from amazons book store everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The emperors new drugs makes an overwhelming case that what had seemed a cornerstone of psychiatric treatment is little more than a faulty consensus but kirsch does more than just criticize he. The possibility that the opposite might be the case is considered in six paragraphs at the end of the book but with no recognition that if true it would greatly diminish the significance of what has gone before the emperors new drugs exploding the antidepressant myth