Mad in America

  • by Robert Whitaker
  • Narrated by Chris Kayser
  • 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- Adam

A Real Life Horror Story

This book is used as our text in my vocational rehabilitation masters program. It's such a minblowingly revelational read, I understand why it was chosen.
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- Q. A. Bradford

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios