Robert Whitaker, journalist and author of Mad in America
An understanding of the history of medical treatments for the "mad" can provide consumers with a powerful set of facts as they battle for their rights. What this history reveals is that the medical treatments have often done more harm than good, and that, in the drug era, the medical and pharmaceutical establishment have regularly misled the public about what the drugs do, and their efficacy. Once this is understood, consumer groups can more powerfully argue against forced-drugging laws, and for "informed consent" in their medical treatment.
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