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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.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Hard hitting and heartbreaking truths about how psychiatry in the United States and western world became what it is today. Read morePublished 4 days ago by NG healing
Amazingly informative read about the bleak history of mental health care in the US. Dense and heavy -- I bought the audio version and it was much easier to get through. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Karen Grimaud
I just finished reading this as a text book for my Masters program at Cal Baptist University in CA and found myself re-reading through parts just for the fun of it. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Brandy
This is an exceptional resource I added to my personal library. I am using it for research. Also, this author was highly recommended to me by another subject matter expert in... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Kathleen Crumpton
This is a powerful book that will make you ask a lot of questions about mental illness and proposed treatments.Published 1 month ago by Kara fallon
Fantastic book. Robert Whitaker is an incredibly gifted writer and his knowledge about psychotropics and the treatment of the mad is a must read for all who are caught in the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bertel Rüdinger
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 6 months 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 6 months ago by Ernst Meyer