Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill

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  • Copyright: 2010-05-25
  • Publisher: INGRAM

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Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world's poorest countries. InMad in America, medical journalist Robert Whitaker argues that modern treatments for the severely mentally ill are just old medicine in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded about their efficacy. The widespread use of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s gave way in the 1950s to electroshock and a wave of new drugs. In what is perhaps Whitaker's most damning revelation,Mad in Americaexamines how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies to prove that new antipsychotic drugs were more effective than the old, while keeping patients in the dark about dangerous side effects.A haunting, deeply compassionate booknow revised with a new introductionMad in Americaraises important questions about our obligations to the mad, the meaning of "insanity," and what we value most about the human mind.

Author Biography

Robert whitaker's articles on the mentally ill and the drug industry have won several awards, including the George Polk Award for medical writing and the National Association of Science Writers' Award for best magazine article. He is also the author of The Mapmaker's Wife and The Lap of the Gods. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Editionp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
The Original Bedlam (1750-1900)
Bedlam in Medicinep. 3
The Healing Hand of Kindnessp. 19
The Darkest Era (1900-1950)
Unfit to Breedp. 41
Too Much Intelligencep. 73
Brain Damage as Miracle Therapyp. 107
Back to Bedlam (1950-1990s)
Modern-Day Alchemyp. 141
The Patients' Realityp. 161
The Story We Told Ourselvesp. 195
Shame of a Nationp. 211
The Nuremberg Code Doesn't Apply Herep. 233
Mad Medicine Today (1990s-Present)
Not So Atypicalp. 253
Epiloguep. 287
Afterword to the Revised Editionp. 293
Notesp. 305
Indexp. 337
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The Mad are Treated with Madness! April 5, 2011
This textbook is a must-read for anyone who cares about a person struggling with schizophrenia. As a former president of a county chapter of NAMI, I want to plainly state that Whitaker's charges of collusion between drug companies and institutions and organizations purporting to care for the mentally ill are not far-fetched. Some of his arguments are painted with a very broad brush, but that doesn't make them invalid.
The statistics involving mental illness in third-world countries simply can't be ignored. This textbook has altered my thinking regarding anti-psychotics. Family members who dismiss this textbook may be acting out of fear and unwillingness to change.
This book isn't the Holy Grail. But it provides startling information, and shouldn't be missed.
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