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Books, Journals, New Media
June 18, 2003


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Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(23):3179-3180. doi:10.1001/jama.289.23.3179

Life Inside, an introspective memoir, begins with the author's admission at age 15 years to the New York State Psychiatric Institute at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center on December 6, 1967. She writes of how she came to be hospitalized, looking back at her childhood, and describes the almost 2½ years she spent in the state psychiatric system and her life afterward. Lewis appears to have been an oppositional teenager with an anxiety disorder and a substance abuse problem, but she was misdiagnosed with undifferentiated schizophrenia.

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