Robert Whitaker gave two presentations in 2010 for Science for the Public, The Issue of Psychiatric Drugs and Psychotropic Drugs and Children. In 2013 he returned to discuss Medicating ADHD. Whitaker’s Mad in America website is a great information resource. In this bio clip (3/20/13) the challenge of bringing accurate medical information to the general public, and his concern to raise public awareness of the issues of psychotropic drugs.
Robert Whitaker is among the most respected authors in America on the issue of psychotropic drugs. He is the author of a number of books that have won numerous awards: Anatomy of an Epidemic, Mad in America, The Mapmaker’s Wife, and On the Laps of Gods. Whitaker’s articles on the mentally ill and the pharmaceutical industry have garnered 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 Globe on the abuse of mental patients in research settings was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998.