Letter From Dr. Mark Foster
I hope this find you all well.
I have helped create a petition entitled, “A Petition to the NY Times requesting an opportunity for Robert Whitaker to respond to Dr. Peter Kramer” and wanted to invite you to add your names.
The issue is this: Last Sunday, the New York Times pubished on the front page of its review section an article authored by Dr. Peter Kramer, “In Defense of Antidepressants.” This unsubstantiated article contained misinformation and misinterpretation of studies. It was designed to marginalize critics of unwarranted medication usage for mental distress, and to reassure readers that the drugs are safe and effective. This article has been widely circulated, and
became the most emailed article of that date.
Everybody has a right to an opinion. But it is incumbent upon the world’s leading newspaper to provide balanced coverage of opposing viewpoints, especially on such a controversial issue. This petition is to ask the NY Times to provide comparable space for a rebuttal.
Robert Whitaker has written an excellent rebuttal, which we would like the NY Times to reproduce within its own pages.
Click here to read Robert Whitaker’s rebuttal.
Our goal is to reach 1,000 signatures and we need more support. Click here to read more and sign the petition here:
Please consider posting this on facebook and forwarding this to any friends who might have interest.
Thanks for the support!
Dr. Mark Foster
Mark Foster is a family physician, writer, and public speaker based in Colorado. He graduated from Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2003, completed his residency at North Colorado Family Medicine in 2006, and is board certified in Family Medicine. In addition to clinical practice, Mark is currently working on several writing projects and accepting invitations to speak at conferences regarding mental health reform. Please see his website, drmarkfoster.com, for details and contact information.