Mad in America

Mad in America

Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill

Book - 2002
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Based on exhaustive research culled from old patient medical records, historical accounts, and government documents, this haunting book raises important questions about our obligations to the mad, what it means to be "insane." and what we value most about the human mind
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Perseus Pub., c2002
ISBN: 9780738203850
0738203858
9780738207995
0738207993
Characteristics: xviii, 334 p. ; 24 cm

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Sep 08, 2010

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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