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Documents mass murder of "mental patients" in Nazi Germany and the U.S. Shows common ideological roots of the killings in Nazi Germany and harmful and often fatal psychiatric "treatments"/tortures in the U.S. today. Gives ex-"mental patient's" perspective of the oppressiveness of psychiatry, its violence and use as a major form of social control. Details history of organiz Documents mass murder of "mental patients" in Nazi Germany and the U.S. Shows common ideological roots of the killings in Nazi Germany and harmful and often fatal psychiatric "treatments"/tortures in the U.S. today. Gives ex-"mental patient's" perspective of the oppressiveness of psychiatry, its violence and use as a major form of social control. Details history of organized resistance to psychiatry by the psychiatric inmates liberation movement.


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Documents mass murder of "mental patients" in Nazi Germany and the U.S. Shows common ideological roots of the killings in Nazi Germany and harmful and often fatal psychiatric "treatments"/tortures in the U.S. today. Gives ex-"mental patient's" perspective of the oppressiveness of psychiatry, its violence and use as a major form of social control. Details history of organiz Documents mass murder of "mental patients" in Nazi Germany and the U.S. Shows common ideological roots of the killings in Nazi Germany and harmful and often fatal psychiatric "treatments"/tortures in the U.S. today. Gives ex-"mental patient's" perspective of the oppressiveness of psychiatry, its violence and use as a major form of social control. Details history of organized resistance to psychiatry by the psychiatric inmates liberation movement.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Erica Verrillo

    Mass Murderers in White Coats is a well researched and thoroughly documented study of the Nazi extermination of 300,000 so-called "mental patients." Lapon not only documents the extermination, but explores the rationale for the slaughter through interviews, transcripts of testimony gathered at the Nuremburg trials, and Third Reich documents. The sheer quantity of primary material Lapon has assembled would be enough to capture anyone's interest. But Lapon takes his research one step further by tr Mass Murderers in White Coats is a well researched and thoroughly documented study of the Nazi extermination of 300,000 so-called "mental patients." Lapon not only documents the extermination, but explores the rationale for the slaughter through interviews, transcripts of testimony gathered at the Nuremburg trials, and Third Reich documents. The sheer quantity of primary material Lapon has assembled would be enough to capture anyone's interest. But Lapon takes his research one step further by tracing Nazi ideology back to our own eugenics movement. For the popularity of eugenics not only inspired the Nazi psychiatrists who spearheaded the mass murder of the "mentally ill", but allowed them to flee to a post-war haven which did not appreciably differ in attitude--the American Psychiatric Association (APA). What I found particularly chilling about Lapon's book was the degree to which the Nazi policy mirrored our own. In 1922, H.H. Laughlin, Expert Eugenics Agent of the U.S. House of Representatives, published the Model Sterilization Law. Within a few years, 30 states had passed laws mandating the involuntary sterilization of "useless" people--the "insane", the diseased (including those with TB and other infectious diseases), the blind, the dependent (orphans, the homeless, etc.)and criminals. The Nazi law which led to 2 million sterilizations (Lifton puts the number at 300,000) was virtually identical to Laughlin's Model Sterilization Law. The Nazis merely extended it to its logical outcome. Equally chilling was the description of how psychiatrists not only cooperated with Nazi policies that required killing their patients, but carried out the murders themselves. Lapon shows that the entire German psychiatric establishment was involved, not just a few "bad apples." He also discusses an equally disturbing trend in American psychiatry. Far from acting in the best interests of their patients, the APA has consistently supported "treatments" that cause permanent brain damage, physical mutilation and death. The techniques of freezing patients, administering electric shocks, drugging, binding, and beating cannot in any sense be interpreted as "treatments", for their goal is not to cure, but to subdue--in some cases, permanently. Ultimately, this is Lapon's point. The rationale behind treating the "mentally ill" as guinea pigs (or objects of sadism), is that they are worthless members of society. Of course, such treatment not only flies in the face of the constitution, it brings to bear the problem of how "mental illness" is defined. Lapon's argument is that anyone who falls into the category of "difficult to control" is labeled as mentally ill--hippies, bedwetters (under the Nazis, children who wet their beds were classified as "mentally ill"),social protestors, people who are "too sad", or "too happy" , the morally bereft, the financially bereft, and, of course, those who simply will not sit down and shut up. Those who make the decision as to who is "sane" and who is "ill" are psychiatrists--staunch defenders of the status quo. Even if you believe in the "kinder, gentler" versions of therapy, Lapon's book will serve as a real eye-opener. I only wish it were more widely available. Lapon's is one of the few voices in this very one-sided dialogue that represents those who have suffered and lived to tell the tale.

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