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A necessary read for all - fantastic expose of psychiatry for what it is,
This review is from: Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill (Paperback)
Anyone interested in the background of psychiatry from the age of blood letting to present day atypical antipsychotics shold read this book.
It delivers vast insight into the treatment of those labelled mad not just from schizophrenia but also other mental illnesses and the often horrendously cruel methods that psychiatrists advocated at any given time from the 19th century to the 21st.
From one supposed wonder cure to the next you will be horrified by the ineptitude and downright lack of humanity shown by psychiatry throughout the modern age of this pseudo-science.
I really can't emphasise enough how great a text Mad in America is on it's subject matter, it highlights so well the mistreatment of the mentally unwell and how psychiatrists desperate to establish psychiatry as a legitimate branch of medicine went to extreme lengths to try and fine a cure for those deemed mad. Frontal lobotomies, electroschock, insulin comas - there was nothing that they weren't prepared to do to find a remedy but ultimately never have found anything to help those with schizophrenia merely they have left a tarnished mark on thousands of patients, many of whom were treated like worthless human beings and died as a result.
Fascinating reading, will keep you turning from page to page chapter to chapter, really opens the eyes to the mental health system and how it is now overun by powerful and rich pharmaceutical companies clamouring to make profit from false promises.
One of te best books i have ever read period, never mind just in the mental health genre.