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Mad in America

Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill
Whitaker, Robert (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Mad in America

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Authors: Whitaker, Robert
Title: Mad in America
bad science, bad medicine, and the enduring mistreatment of the mentally ill
Publisher: New York, NY :, Basic Books,, 2010
Edition: Rev. pbk
Characteristics: xviii, 348 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Robert Whitaker
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xvii
Part One: The Original Bedlam (1750-1900)
1 Bedlam in Medicine 3
2 The Healing Hand of Kindness 19
Part Two: The Darkest Era (1900-1950)
3 Unfit to Breed 41
4 Too Much Intelligence 73
5 Brain Damage as Miracle Therapy 107
Part Three: Back to Bedlam (1950-1990s)
6 Modem-Day Alchemy 141
7 The Patients' Reality 161
8 The Story We Told Ourselves 195
9 Shame of a Nation 211
10 The Nuremberg Code Doesn't Apply Here 233
Part Four: Mad Medicine Today (1990s-Present)
11 Not So Atypical 253
Epilogue 287
Notes 293
Index 323
ISBN: 9780465020140
Branch Call Number: 616.898009 W578m 2010
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  • anominus rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book illuminated a whole world that most people might not think about. Mental institutions have terrified me for quite some time, as I think they might just drive people mad, and have no reason to encourage sanity. (Where would the money come from?) After reading this book, I feel that I have a lot more justification behind my mistrust, some understanding into the history of mental illness, how the "mentally ill" or socially different have been treated in the U.S, and perhaps a bit of motivation to help change things. I highly recommend this book. It's very accessible, and, I would say, enthralling.


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