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Author Bob Whitaker takes on American Madness

Listen free and call in live to MindFreedom Internet radio. 18 April 2007: Host David Oaks will have latest news about mental health issues related to Virginia Tech Massacre. Phone in your questions and comments live. Guest: Journalist Bob Whitaker, author of the popular book "Mad in America," exposes the hidden problems of psychiatry both in the past and today. Listen free to live MindFreedom radio on Wednesdays 4 pm EST or later via archives at

Author Bob Whitaker takes on American Madness

Journalist Bob Whitaker is author of Mad in America.

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Wednesday, 18 April 2007

4 pm Eastern (1 pm Pacific)

Guest Robert Whitaker is a journalist who exposed the history and current practice of USA psychiatry.

Psychiatrist Loren Mosher said this about Robert Whitaker's book _Mad in America_: "Investigative journalism at its scholarly, perceptive, and explanatory best. Mad in America presents an insightful, courageous expose of how madness went from 'out of sight, out of mind,' to be a source of massive corporate profits. A must read for anyone with a friend or family member labeled 'mentally ill,' for psychiatric 'survivors,' mental health professionals, and those interested in the history of science and the corporate buyout of a profession." More info:


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More information about Bob Whitaker:

Robert Whitaker has covered medicine and science for nearly 20 years. He was the science and medical reporter at the Albany Times Union newspaper in New York for a number of years, and he also worked for a period as director of publications at Harvard Medical School. His articles on those diagnosed mentally ill and the drug industry have won several awards, including the George Polk award for medical writing, and the National Association of Science Writers’ award for best magazine article.

A series he co-wrote for The Boston Globe was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998. His book Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill was named by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of 2002, while the American Library Association named it one of the best history books of that year. In 2004, Basic Books published his second book, The Mapmaker’s Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder and Survival in the Amazon, which was named by the American Library Association as one of the best biographies of that year. 

He is currently writing Twelve Condemned to Die: Scipio Africanus Jones and the Struggle for Justice that Remade a Nation, which will be published by Crown in the fall of 2007. He recently received the Anthony J. Lukas work-in-progress award for this book.
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