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Schizophrenics in the United States currently fare worse than patients in the world’s poorest countries. In Mad 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 America examines 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 audiobook now revised with a new introduction. Mad in America raises important questions about our obligations to the mad, the meaning of "insanity,” and what we value most about the human mind.
©2002 Robert Whitaker (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By CLARA on 05-29-17

Eye opener

So reveling
Every body that have a lpve one who suffers from mental illnesses MUST read this book.

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By Adam on 03-15-17

Informative, disturbing, one-sided

Whitaker paints a bleak picture of modern psychiatry. He provides a compelling narrative about the way we treat mental illness throughout the past 200 years or so, focusing mostly on psychiatry's failures. I found the narrative to be one-sided, though, and I advise listeners to seek out other opinions on the topic after finishing this book. He omits some important considerations, such as the narrow definition of schizophrenia used today. Still, I enjoyed it overall and thought it was narrated well.

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