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February 1933

Behind the Door of Delusion.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;29(2):430-431. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240080220022

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This book is "dedicated to a better understanding of those on the inside by those who are not yet locked in." The author declares himself to be a newspaper editor and writer, noted for his campaigns for civic betterment, who came to grief through alcoholism. He gives an extraordinarily vivid picture of the inside of a well run state hospital, his terse reportorial style being well adapted to the vignettes, the "human interest" stories, the progress in science. The editor breaks out in his attacks on sterilization and on the evils of commitment as at present practiced. The man himself comes to light here and again, as indeed he admits, through his egotism, as a high-strung intellectual worker, keenly humiliated by the droves of curious visitors, some of whom recognize him, constantly embarrassed by the unswerving devotion of a "party girl" who brought him through the acute stages, to whom