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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, N.Y. : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2010, ©2002.
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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  Read more...
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Whitaker, Robert.
Mad in America.
New York, N.Y. : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 2010, ©2002
(OCoLC)647927233
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Whitaker
ISBN: 9780786723799 0786723793
OCLC Number: 733913788
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 348 pages)
Contents: pt. 1. The original bedlam (1750-1900) --
pt. 2. The darkest era (1900-1950) --
pt. 3. Back to bedlam (1950-1990s) --
pt. 4. Mad medicine today (1990s-present).
Responsibility: Robert Whitaker.

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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 pa.

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