Mad Americ Bad Science, Bad Medicine, And The Enduring Mistreatment Of The Mentally Ill

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The book I have chosen to do this report over is Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill.
Mad in America was written by Robert Whitaker, a medical journalist, whose primary objective when authoring this book was to examine the types of psychiatric methods used for treating mental illness throughout American history, as well as their ethics and safety. His book is broken up into four different sections, each covering a certain timeframe.
Part one spans over the years 1750-1900, and elaborates on the developments of varying treatments that were administered to mental patients during this time. Whitaker writes of methods like dunking the patients in water, bloodletting, the tranquilizer chair, and a spinning chair. He also expatiates on the moral treatments of the mentally ill and incapacitated. He touches on morals during the French Revolution, then greatly details about the moral treatments established by the Quakers in the early 1700’s.
Whitaker spoke of the Quaker’s treatment of the mentally incapacitated, and elaborated upon how they generally treated mentally ill persons with kindness and dignity, as well as avoiding medical treatments that were deemed harmful to the patient. It was stated that there was quite a high rate of patients discharged within a year using these methods, with many that permanently desisted with showing any symptoms of a previous mental illness. Alternatively, Whitaker spoke of Pennsylvania…

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