An 'Under the Hood' examination of the mental health industry

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Whitaker will present an 'under the hood' examination of the mental health industry at Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St., on Tuesday, March 29 at 7 p.m. Based on research for his book co-written with Lisa Cosgrove, "Psychiatry Under the Influence" investigates how the influence of pharmaceutical money and guild interests has corrupted the behavior of the American Psychiatric Association and academic psychiatry.

The book documents how the psychiatric establishment regularly misled the American public about the biology of mental disorders, the validity of psychiatric diagnoses, and the safety and efficacy of its drugs.

The authors argues that reforming psychiatry will require the neutralization of two corrupting influences—pharmaceutical money and guild interests – and the establishment of multidisciplinary authority over the field of mental health. Admission is free.


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