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Truth is never as good reading as fiction, unless perhaps developed by the trained writer of fiction. These sketches of nine patients observed in an asylum for the insane have unfortunately the difficulty of representing truth in an attempt at fictional form. They must be of great interest to those familiar with the environment, but have, unfortunately, little literary interest for the general reader. It would be fascinating to see what could be done with the outlines here presented by a writer with the qualities of Edgar Allen Poe or an O. Henry.
The Bereft. A Series of Asylum Romances.. JAMA. 1926;86(8):575. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670340053040
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