Looking before you leap: distinguishing hypothesis from fact
Just because it sounds interesting doesn't make it true
Posted Apr 13, 2010
Is much of mental illness in this country caused by the very medications used to treat it? Robert Whitaker certainly thinks so. In "Anatomy of an Epidemic" Whitaker presents his theory that the dramatic increase in mental illness in the United States since World War II is the direct result of the medicines psychiatrists have been prescribing to treat it, and that this itself stems from an unholy alliance between the pharmaceutical industry and corrupt physicians. However, although extensively researched and drawing upon hundreds of sources, the gaps in his theory remain too large for him to succeed in making a convincing argument.
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