Presents a controversial assessment of the rise in mental illness-related disabilities and considers if drug-based care may be fueling illness rates throughout the past half century.
Robert Whitaker is the author of
Mad in America, The Mapmaker’s Wife, and
On the Laps of Gods, all of which won recognition as “notable books” of the year. 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.