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Books, Journals, New Media
September 8, 2004

Mental Illness, Movies

Author Affiliations

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. 2004;292(10):1239-1240. doi:10.1001/jama.292.10.1239

In January 1904, a mental patient dressed as Napoleon protests the food served in his hospital room by throwing it at the attendant. Shocked, the attendant summons two others to give the patient a beating. Left alone, the patient escapes from his cell and flees the sanitarium. He is chased through the countryside by the three attendants, skillfully evades them, and quietly returns to the hospital. The battered attendants limp back to find him calmly reading a newspaper.