Mad in America Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill
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Description: Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world's poorest countries. InMad in America, medical journalist Robert 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. The widespread use of lobotomies in the 1920s and 1930s gave way in the 1950s to electroshock and a wave of new drugs. In what is perhaps Whitaker's most damning revelation,Mad in Americaexamines how drug companies in the 1980s and 1990s skewed their studies to prove that new antipsychotic drugs were more effective than the old, while keeping patients in the dark about dangerous side effects.A haunting, deeply compassionate booknow revised with a new introductionMad in Americaraises important questions about our obligations to the mad, the meaning of "insanity," and what we value most about the human mind.
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Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 5/25/2010
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
|Preface to the Revised Edition|
|The Original Bedlam (1750-1900)|
|Bedlam in Medicine|
|The Healing Hand of Kindness|
|The Darkest Era (1900-1950)|
|Unfit to Breed|
|Too Much Intelligence|
|Brain Damage as Miracle Therapy|
|Back to Bedlam (1950-1990s)|
|The Patients' Reality|
|The Story We Told Ourselves|
|Shame of a Nation|
|The Nuremberg Code Doesn't Apply Here|
|Mad Medicine Today (1990s-Present)|
|Not So Atypical|
|Afterword to the Revised Edition|