E. Fuller Torrey
Who is E. Fuller Torrey?
Edwin Fuller Torrey, M.D., is an American psychiatrist and schizophrenia researcher. He is executive director of the Stanley Medical Research Institute and founder of the Treatment Advocacy Center, a nonprofit organization with the goals of eliminating legal and clinical obstacles to the treatment of severe mental illness.
Torrey has conducted numerous research studies, particularly on possible infectious causes of schizophrenia. He has become well known as an advocate of the idea that severe mental illness is due to biological factors and not social factors. He has appeared on national radio and television outlets and written for many newspapers. He has received two Commendation Medals by the U.S. Public Health Service and numerous other awards and tributes. He has been criticized by a range of people, including federal researchers and others for some of his attacks on de-institutionalization and his support for forced medication as a method of treatment.
Torrey is on the board of the Treatment Advocacy Center, which describes itself as being "a national nonprofit advocacy organization. TAC supports involuntary treatment when deemed appropriate by a judge. Torrey has written several best-selling books on mental illness, including Surviving Schizophrenia.
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