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

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

Robert Whitaker


Schizophrenics within the usa at the moment fare worse than sufferers within the world’s poorest international locations. In Mad in America, scientific journalist Robert Whitaker argues that sleek remedies for the significantly mentally in poor health are only outdated drugs in new bottles, and that we as a society are deeply deluded approximately their efficacy. The common use of lobotomies within the Nineteen Twenties and Thirties gave manner within the Nineteen Fifties to electroshock and a wave of latest medicinal drugs. In what's possibly Whitaker’s so much damning revelation, Mad in America examines how drug businesses within the Eighties and Nineties skewed their experiences to turn out that new antipsychotic medicines have been better than the outdated, whereas preserving sufferers at nighttime approximately risky facet effects.

A haunting, deeply compassionate book—now revised with a brand new introduction—Mad in America increases vital questions on our responsibilities to the mad, the that means of “insanity,” and what we worth such a lot in regards to the human mind.

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