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Fuller Torrey MD

“The most famous psychiatrist in America” – The Washington Post
Named one of Washington’s “Best and Brightest” by Washingtonian, Dec. 2001

E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., is a research psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness. He is president of the Treatment Advocacy Center and Executive Director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute, which support research on schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness. His work at the Stanley Medical Research Institute includes participating in ongoing collaborative research on viruses as a cause of these diseases. He also is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

“I think if you look at the long arc of his accomplishment, he’s been the indispensable man. We simply wouldn’t be where we are in services, in treatment, in research, if he had not been willing to stand up and tell the truth.”
Laurie Flynn, former executive director of NAMI,
“60 Minutes,” April 21, 2002

From 1976 to 1985, he was on the clinical staff of St. Elizabeths Hospital, specializing in the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders. From 1988 to 1992, Dr. Torrey directed a study of identical twins with schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness. His research has explored viruses as a possible cause of these disorders and he has carried out research in Ireland and Papua New Guinea.

Dr. Torrey was educated at Princeton University (B.A., Magna Cum Laude), McGill University School of Medicine (M.D.), and Stanford University (M.A. in Anthropology), and trained in psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine. He practiced general medicine in Ethiopia for two years as a Peace Corps physician, in the South Bronx in an O.E.O. Health Center, and in Alaska in the Indian Health Service. From 1970 to 1975, he was a special assistant to the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health. he is licensed by the National Board of Medical Examiners and Maryland.

He is the author of 16 books and more than 200 lay and professional papers. Some of his books have been translated into Japanese, Russian, Italian, and Polish. Dr. Torrey’s books include the following.

JUST RELEASED! The Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present
400 pages (January 2002) Rutgers University Press; ISBN: 0813530032
JUST RELEASED! Surviving Manic-Depressive Illness
416 pages (January 8, 2002) Basic Books; ISBN: 0465086632
Surviving Schizophrenia : A Manual for Families, Consumers and Providers (4th edition)
480 pages 4th edition (May 8, 2001) Quill; ISBN: 0060959193 (Harper and Row, 1st ed. 1983, 2nd ed. 1988, 3rd ed. 1994)
Freudian Fraud: The Malignant Effect of Freud’s Theory on American Thought and Culture
362 pages (September 15, 1999) Lucas Books; ISBN: 1929636008 (Harper Collins 1992)
Out of the Shadows : Confronting America’s Mental Illness Crisis
244 pages (December 1996) John Wiley & Sons; ISBN: 0471161616
Schizophrenia and Manic-Depressive Disorder: The Biological Roots of Mental Illness as Revealed by a Landmark Study of Identical Twins – Basic Books, 1994, Senior Author.
Criminalizing the Seriously Mentally Ill: The Abuse of Jails As Mental Hospitals. Senior author. Public Citizen Health Research Group and NAMI, 1992.
Nowhere to Go: The Tragic Odyssey of the Homeless Mentally Ill – Harper and Row, 1988.
Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill: A Rating of State Programs – 1986, 1988, 1990 editions with Sidney M. Wolfe, Health Research Group and Laurie Flynn, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill.
Witchdoctors and Psychiatrists – Harper and Row, 1986 (originally published as The Mind Game.) “One of Dr. Torrey’s greatest attributes is that he is way ahead of his time … ahead of science.”
Robert H. Yolken, MD, neurovirologist and pediatrics professor at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore,
from American Medical News, Aug. 19, 2002

The Roots of Treason – McGraw Hill, 1983; nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as one of the best biographies of 1983.
Schizophrenia and Civilization – Jason Aronson Publishers, 1980.

Dr. Torrey has appeared on national radio and television (outlets like NPR, Oprah, 20/20, 60 Minutes, and Dateline) and has written for many newspapers. He received two Commendation Medals by the U.S. Public Health Service, a 1984 Special Families Award from NAMI, a 1991 National Caring Award, and in 1999 received a research award from the International Congress of Schizophrenia and a humanitarian award from NARSAD. Born in Utica, New York, in 1937, he is married with two children.