Saturday, 26 September 2020

Psychiatry Under the Influence

Psychiatry Under the Influence Book CoverTuesday, December 1
7 to 9pm
Greenfield, MA
Location TBA
Join the Western Mass RLC community for this public talk with Robert Whitaker where he will discuss the content of his new book, ‘Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform.’
This book, co-authored with Lisa Cosgrove, takes an honest look at the current state of psychiatry and how it has been influenced by the pharmaceutical industry and more.
“This timely book is a careful and thoughtful analysis of institutional and political influences on the way psychiatry works today, and it provides a scholarly exploration of a problemthat has consequences for all of us. Whitaker and Cosgrove's passionate critique gives us the resources to develop solutions and to mobilize voices for an authentically liberating response to questions of mental health."
- Ian Parker, Professor of Management, University of Leicester, UK
"Psychiatry Under the Influence is a thoughtful and well-researched expose of the current framing of mental health and illness, using the lens of institutional corruption to examine the dual influence of psychiatry's financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry and professional protectionism. This is a profoundly humanistic critique of how the scientific evidence supporting newer psychiatric drug treatments could be so poor, yet have 'street cred'. This a 'must read' on the medicalization of modern life."
- Barbara Mintzes, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney, Australia
RSVPs encouraged to 413.539.5941 x 301 or
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We will also be co-sponsoring a second talk with Advocates, Inc. as follows: 
Thursday, December 17th, 2pm to 4pm
Advocates, Inc.
1881 Worcester Rd,
Framingham, MA



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