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I was talking to a clinical psychologist yesterday who reminded me of Robert Whitaker’s work and it struck me that he is a candidate for your list. It is also an interesting example of journalistic expertise that impacts on and challenges the industry/university complex, in this case Big Pharma.
Two of Robert Whitaker’s books are among the most cited in the critical psychiatry literature:. He has received numerous awards, including a George Polk Award for medical writing, and a National Association of Science Writers Award for best magazine article. He was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1998.
Whitaker’s work has alerted both the medical community and the general public to the serious dangers of psychotropic medicines when used for extended periods. He has become a standard reference for the facts.
· 1998 George Polk Award for Medical Writing
· 1998 National Association for Science Writers’ Science in Society Journalism Award for best magazine article
· 1999 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
· 2010 IRE award for best investigative journalism book of 2010
Hello all, I'm putting together a reading/watching list for an IJ curriculum to be used by mainly non-practitioner university professors. I'd like to know your fave works for it.
This may sound like a baroque notion, judging from the fact that there are very few works cited or required in the Ijec.org curricula list. The typical syllabus in the US is practice-based, just as the typical instructor is a practitioner. The reading list is drawn from current magazines or newspapers. But there isn't always a practitioner who can teach available, and there's a real advantage in knowing the history and benchmarks of what you're doing. So...
Works that inspired you, taught you something, set a standard for your own work. Book-length is fine; the first audience is professors, who can and do read. Docu films are welcome. Fiction is OK ("The Jungle" is indeed muckraking, and "Erin Brockovitch" is true to life). A capsule description is welcome. If I use your recommendation and didn't know it I will cite you by name as the source. Non-US works, theoretical works and historical works especially welcome.
Best to all
Dr. Mark Lee Hunter
Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow
INSEAD Social Innovation Centre
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