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Mad in America : bad science, bad medicine, and the enduring mistreatment of the mentally ill

Author: Robert Whitaker
Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. pbkView all editions and formats
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A social history of the treatment of the mentally ill in America, this survey reveals the various methods of treatment from the 17th century to today: spinning, chilling, lobotomizing, and electroshock therapy, to name a few. Whitaker's position is skeptical when he compares the treatment of the mentally ill in America to those affected in other countries.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Whitaker
ISBN: 9780465020140 0465020143
OCLC Number: 671542902
Description: xviii, 348 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 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). Modern-day alchemy ; The patient's 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 ; Epilogue --
Afterword to the revised edition.
Responsibility: Robert Whitaker.

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A social history of the treatment of the mentally ill in America, this survey reveals the various methods of treatment from the 17th century to today: spinning, chilling, lobotomizing, and electroshock therapy, to name a few. Whitaker's position is skeptical when he compares the treatment of the mentally ill in America to those affected in other countries.

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