June 1966

In Search of Sanity: The Journal of a Schizophrenic.

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By Gregory Stefan. Price, $5. Pp 257. University Books, New Hyde Park, New York 11041, 1965.

Arch Intern Med. 1966;117(6):848-850. doi:10.1001/archinte.1966.03870120112042

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This is a tremendous book and a most thought-producing one. During many months of psychoanalysis Stefan, a trained journalist, kept a diary which later helped him in writing this book. As Stefan says, he wrote it in anger, deeply distressed by the lack of helpfulness of a number of the psychiatrists who tried, in unpromising ways, to help him, but, finally, he found two kind and able and encouraging men, and got well. Possibly some analysts will assume that Stefan's terrible indictment of their type of treatment in the hands of three unencouraging therapists is just the ranting of a psychotic man; others may be impressed, as I am, with the man's earnestness, honesty, good powers of scientific observation, and great ability in writing.

If I were a teacher of psychoanalysis, after reading this book, I would feel like exhorting deans of medical schools to choose abler and more kindly

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