Mad in America

Mad in America

Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill

eBook - 2010
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In Mad in America, medical journalist Robert Whitaker reveals an astounding truth: Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world's poorest countries, and quite possibly worse than asylum patients did in the early nineteenth century. With a muckraker's passion, 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. Tracing over three centuries of "cures" for madness, Whitaker shows how medical therapies have been used to silence pa
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2010, c2002
ISBN: 9780786723799
0786723793
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xviii, 348 p.)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive Inc

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Sep 08, 2010

This book illuminated a whole world that most people might not think about. Mental institutions have terrified me for quite some time, as I think they might just drive people mad, and have no reason to encourage sanity. (Where would the money come from?) After reading this book, I feel that I have a lot more justification behind my mistrust, some understanding into the history of mental illness, how the "mentally ill" or socially different have been treated in the U.S, and perhaps a bit of motivation to help change things. I highly recommend this book. It's very accessible, and, I would say, enthralling.

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