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. His latest, Psychiatry Under the Influence, written with co-author Lisa Cosgrove, was published in April 2015. Much of his writing has focused on psychiatry, the pharmaceutical industry, and medical histories. His first book,
Prior to writing books, Robert Whitaker worked as the science and medical reporter at the Albany Times Union newspaper in New York for a number of years. His journalism articles won 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 co-wrote for The Boston Globewas a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
He also was director of publications at Harvard Medical School for a time. In 1994, cofounded a publishing company, CenterWatch, that reported on the business aspects of the clinical trials industry. He sold CenterWatch in 1998, partly in order to write Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill.Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America
Robert Whitaker’s third book, On The Laps of Gods, (2008) won the 2007 Anthony J. Lukas work-in-progress award. The Mapmaker’s Wife was named by the American Library Association as one of the best biographies of 2004. The book has been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Hebrew, and Korean.