Anatomy of an Epidemic (2010) by Robert Whitaker

At our February 2014 meeting we will discuss Sid Whaley’s selection,

Robert Whitaker, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America (2010)


About Ron Boothe

I am a Professor Emeritus at Emory University, currently living in Tacoma Washington USA.
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3 Responses to Anatomy of an Epidemic (2010) by Robert Whitaker

  1. Ron Boothe says:

    Special kudos to Sid for bringing to our attention and organizing the discussion for this remarkable book. It is seldom that I read a book that drastically changes my overall worldview about a significant topic, and this book did. I simply want to mention two personal observations pertaining to the book.

    First, I am embarrassed to have to acknowledge the role of one of my former colleagues at Emory, Charles Nemeroff, as being one of the particularly bad-actors in this morality play. I knew that he had been forced to resign from his position as Chair of Psychiatry, but did not know any of the details until I read this book. Unfortunately, the bad behavior appears to be continuing unabated as detailed in a more recent article published by Forbes:

    Second, on a more positive note, as so often happens synchronicity revealed itself again when I woke up the morning of our book club discussion to discover an article in the New York Times about my former boss at The Yerkes Primate Research Center at Emory, and currently the director of NIMH, Tom Insel:

    Note in particular his cautions regarding the issue of whether people with schizophrenia should be treated long-term on antipsychotic medications.

  2. Ron Boothe says:

    And today in NYT there is an editorial that provides a segway from our February selection, Anatomy of an Epidemic, and our upcoming March Selection, The New School:

  3. Ron Powers says:

    The link below is to an article from the January 27th, 2014 issue of The New Yorker. The article is called “The Prisoner of Stress,” written by Louis Menand. It’s an excellent analysis of the concept of anxiety, included as part of a review of Scott Stossel’s new memoir, “My Age of Anxiety.”

    Tuscon Ron

    Click here:

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