Free public lecture in Oxford, 5 December

The award-winning American health journalist Robert Whitaker is giving a free public lecture in Oxford on Wednesday 5 December 2012.

He will be speaking on ‘The Case Against Neuroleptics: What history and science reveal about the long-term efficacy of antipsychotics for schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders’ at the Examination Schools, High Street, Oxford. His talk begins at 6.00 p.m. and forms part of the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology.

The lecture is open to anyone, whether they have registered for the conference of not. You can just turn up on the day, but it would be a great help if you could register your intention to attend in advance.

Robert Whitaker is a journalist and author who specialises in medicine and science. In America his articles on psychiatry and the pharmaceutical industry have won a George Polk Award for Medical Writing, and a National Association of Science Writers' Award for best magazine article. In 1998 he co-wrote a series on abuses in psychiatric research that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.

He is the author of four books. His most recent, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America, was described in the New Scientist as an “enthralling and frighteningly persuasive book … one whose astonishing intellectual punch is delivered with the gripping vitality of a novel.”

You can read more about Robert Whitaker on his blog for Psychology Today.