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One of Whitaker's answers draws upon the historic and current assumptions of a physical cause for schizophrenia. This resulted in cruel and unusual physical treatments--from ice-water immersion and bloodletting to the more contemporary electroshock, lobotomy, and drug therapies with dangerous side effects. This physical cause model leads to Whitaker's more provocative explanation: that mental illness has become a profit center. He offers disturbing details about how good business for drug companies makes for bad medicine in treating schizophrenia. From drug companies skewing their studies and patient/subjects kept in the dark about experiments to the cozy relationship between the American Psychiatric Association and drug companies, Whitaker underlines the mistreatment of the mentally ill. This courageous and compelling book succeeds as both a history of our attitudes toward mental illness and a manifesto for changing them. --Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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As a person with multiple psychiatric disorders, I found this book to be both enlightening and frightening. It explains a lot of why I rightly fear psychiatrists and Big Pharma.Published 10 days ago by Tom Durkin
This is a disturbing book. It is a horrific account of what human beings do to fellow human beings in the name (or the disguise) of science. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Ernst Meyer
Dr.Mengele would be awed at these guys and likely feel he fell short.Published 1 month ago by Robert H. Smith
Very well written book about big pharma influence in today's world of medicine. Very scary stuff actually. I highly recommend reading this, especially if one has children.Published 1 month ago by RiverRunner13
I wish this book was mandatory reading for psychiatrists as well as psychologists. If you're struggling with personal problems and are tempted to take psychotropic drugs, I highly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by p.levine
Anyone working in the mental health field should read this every year. Remember where we came from and ask ourselves if we are headed in the right direction or are our systems... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book describes the history of "madness" in America throughout the years; treatment, medications, etc. Read morePublished 2 months ago by V. N. Boyd