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Robert Whitaker
Robert Whitaker is the author of four books: Mad in America, The Mapmaker's Wife, On the Laps of Gods and Anatomy of an Epidemic. His newspaper and magazine articles on the mentally ill and the pharmaceutical industry have garnered several national awards, including a George Polk Award for... show more



Robert Whitaker is the author of four books: Mad in America, The Mapmaker's Wife, On the Laps of Gods and Anatomy of an Epidemic. His newspaper and magazine articles on the mentally ill and the pharmaceutical industry have garnered several national awards, including a George Polk Award for medical writing and a National Association of Science Writers Award for best magazine article. A series he cowrote for the Boston Globe on the abuse of mental patients in research settings was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.

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Osho
Osho rated it 6 years ago
Whitaker makes some good arguments that are worth considering, but confuses the picture considerably by cherry-picking the data, leaps of logic, using his case studies and comments to make unreasonably extreme arguments (the words "always," "none," and "every" are always good indicators of this), an...
Chrissie's Books
Chrissie's Books rated it 6 years ago
I highly recommend The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon, but not to everyone. The title and the book description may give the impression that the central theme of the book is a love story. That is false. Part of the book is certainly a wonderful adventure sto...
Stephanie's books and other things
Stephanie's books and other things rated it 7 years ago
Anatomy of an Epidemic is about the history of psychiatric drugs and the rise of mental illness in America right alongside these drugs development and evolution. 1'100 adults and CHILDREN are added to the government's disabled list for mental illness, daily. This didn't happen prior to 25 years a...
Melody Murray's Books
Melody Murray's Books rated it 8 years ago
An entirely damning look at the psychiatric profession, Big Pharma, NIMH and the epidemic of mental illness the combination has caused. Whitaker looks at rates of diagnosis of such currently common maladies as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and ADHD. He cites statistic after statistic show...
Sharon E. Cathcart
Sharon E. Cathcart rated it 8 years ago
This book is an eye-opening and disturbing look into the world of mental health hospitals. From their beginnings in the well-considered British Quaker "moral therapy" treatments (that worked), United States mental hospitals became warehouses for people who were homeless, in crisis, had a language b...
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