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Anatomy Of An Epidemic
Author: Robert Whitaker

ISBN: 9780307452429
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 2 August 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.4 x 2.7
Now with bonus material, including a new foreword and afterword with updated research

In this astonishing and startling book, award-winning science and history writer Robert Whitaker investigates a medical mystery: Why has the number of disabled mentally ill in the United Statestripled over the past two decades? Every day, 1,100 adults and children are added to the government disability rolls because they have become newly disabled by mental illness, with this epidemic spreading most rapidly among our nation's children. What is going on?

Anatomy of an Epidemic challenges readers to think through that question themselves. First, Whitaker investigates what is known today about the biological causes of mental disorders. Do psychiatric medications fix "chemical imbalances" in the brain, or do they, in fact, create them? Researchers spent decades studying that question, and by the late 1980s, they had their answer. Readers will be startled-and dismayed-to discover what was reported in the scientific journals.

Then comes the scientific query at t...

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