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

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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 patients and dull their minds. He tells of the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century practices of "spinning" the insane, extracting their teeth, ovaries, and intestines, and submerging patients in freezing water. The "cures" in the 1920s and 1930s were no less barbaric as eugenic attitudes toward the mentally ill led to brain-damaging lobotomies and electroshock therapy. Perhaps Whitaker's most damning revelation, however, is his report of how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies in an effort to prove the effectiveness of their products. Based on exhaustive research culled from old patient medical records, historical accounts, numerous interviews, and hundreds of government documents, Mad in America raises important questions about our obligations to the mad, what it means to be "insane," and what we value most about the human mind.

Synopsis:

A riveting social and medical history of madness in America, from the seventeenth century to today.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780738207995
Subtitle:
Bad Science, Bad Medicine, And The Enduring Mistreatment Of The Mentally Ill
Author:
Whitaker, Robert
Publisher:
Basic Books
Location:
Cambridge, MA
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Mentally ill
Subject:
Schizophrenia
Subject:
Mental Disorders
Subject:
Mental health services
Subject:
History of medicine, Modern.
Subject:
General Psychology & Psychiatry
Subject:
Mentally ill -- Care -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Schizophrenia -- Treatment -- United States.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
108-405
Publication Date:
April 2003
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in 13.80 oz

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Psychology » General
Health and Self-Help » Psychology » History and Politics
Humanities » Philosophy » Ethics

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