The author of The Mapmaker's Wife,  Robert Whitaker, has won numerous awards as a journalist covering medicine and science. In the past few years, he has won the George Polk Award for Medical Writing and a National Association for Science Writers’ Award for best magazine article (which appeared in Fortune). In 1998, he co-wrote a series on psychiatric research for the Boston Globe which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

His first book, Mad in America,  was named by Discover Magazine as one of the best science books of 2002; the American Library Association named it one of the best history books of that year.