Robert Whitaker

Robert Whitaker is the author of four award-winning books: Anatomy of an Epidemic, Mad in America, The Mapmaker's Wife, and On the Laps of Gods. 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 co-wrote for the Boston Globe on the abuse of mental patients in research settings was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. See Robert Whitaker's Mad in America website for excellent information about psychiatric issues and psychotropic drugs. View the SftPublic bio clip Meet Robert Whitaker

See Robert Whitaker's three lectures for Science for the Public:

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Anatomy of an epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. (New York: Crown Publishers, 2010)


Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill. (Cambridge, MA: Perseus Pub., 2002)