From 1976 to 1985, Dr. Torrey was on the clinical staff of St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in the treatment of severe psychiatric disorders. From 1988 to 1992, Dr. Torrey directed a study of identical twins with schizophrenia and severe bipolar disorder. His work at the Stanley Medical Research Institute currently includes participating in ongoing collaborative research on viruses and other infectious agents as a cause of these diseases. He has also carried out research in Ireland and Papua New Guinea.
Dr. Torrey was educated at Princeton University (B.A., Magna Cum Laude), McGill University (M.D.), and Stanford University (M.A. in anthropology). He 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.
Dr. Torrey is a frequent expert guest on national radio and television and has written innumerable guest opinions for national and regional newspapers and magazines. He received two Commendation Medals from the U.S. Public Health Service, a 1984 Special Families Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a 1991 National Caring Award, a research award from the International Congress of Schizophrenia, a humanitarian award from NARSAD, and a 2005 tribute included in NAMI's 25th Anniversary Celebratory Donor Wall. Born in Utica, New York, in 1937, he is married with two children.
Dr. Torrey has authored 20 books and more than 200 lay and professional papers. His work has been translated into Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, German and Chinese.
Among the Books by Dr. E. Fuller Torrey
- The Insanity Offense: How America's Failure to Treat the Seriously Mentally Ill Endangers Its Citizens
265 pages; W.W. Norton (2008): ISBN: 978-0393066586
- Surviving Schizophrenia : A Manual for Families, Consumers and Providers (5th edition)
576 pages; Harper Paperbacks (2006, 5th edition); ISBN: 0060842598
- The Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present
458 pages; Rutgers University Press (2007); ISBN: 978-0813542072
- Surviving Manic-Depressive Illness: A Manual on Bipolar Disorder for Patients, Families, and Providers
432 pages; Basic Books (2005); ISBN: 0465086640
- Out of the Shadows: Confronting America's Mental Illness Crisis
256 pages; John Wiley & Sons (1998); ISBN: 978-0471245322
- Schizophrenia and Manic-Depressive Disorder: The Biological Roots of Mental Illness as Revealed by a Landmark Study of Identical Twins
304 pages; Basic Books (1995); ISBN: 978-0465072859
- Freudian Fraud: The Malignant Effect of Freud's Theory on American Thought and Culture
362 pages; Harper Collins (1992); reprinted Lucas Books (1999); ISBN: 978-1929636006
- Criminalizing the Seriously Mentally Ill: The Abuse of Jails As Mental Hospitals
Public Citizen Health Research Group and NAMI (1992)
- Nowhere to Go: The Tragic Odyssey of the Homeless Mentally Ill
272 pages; Harpercollins (1989); ISBN: 978-0060915971
- Care of the Seriously Mentally Ill: A Rating of State Programs
With Sidney M. Wolfe, Health Research Group and Laurie Flynn, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
(1986, 1988, 1990)
- Witchdoctors and Psychiatrists
316 pages; Harpercollins (1986); ISBN: 978-0060970246; originally published as The Mind Game
- The Roots of Treason: Ezra Pound and the Secret of St. Elizabeths
339 pages; McGraw Hill (1983); reprinted by Lucas Publishers (1999); ISBN: 978-1929636013
Nominated by the National Book Critics Circle as one of the best biographies of 1983
- Schizophrenia and Civilization
240 pages; Jason Aronson Publishers (1980); reprinted ACLS Humanities E-Book (2008); ISBN: 978-1597405744