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Today’s guest is Robert Whitaker. Robert Whitaker is the author of five books, three of which tell of the history of psychiatry: Mad in America; Anatomy of an Epidemic; and Psychiatry Under the Influence. His book Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, won the Investigative Reporters and Editors book award for best investigative journalism in 2010.
Prior to writing books, he worked as the science and medical reporter at the Albany Times Union newspaper in New York for a number of years. He also served as Director of Publications at Harvard Medical School; co-founded a publishing company that focused on the business of developing new drugs; and is the founder of madinamerica.com, a website that features research news and blogs from an international group of writers interested in “rethinking psychiatry.”
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Good to hear Whitaker on this critical topic.
The constant misuse of the term “crazy” is really difficult to listen to.