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June 15, 1957

A Man Against Insanity

JAMA. 1957;164(7):823. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980070105028

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Those who know how Paul de Kruif can write will look forward to reading this book, which tells a remarkable story. Not only does it tell how patients can be helped with modern science and how they can be taught to help themselves, but it also reveals the significance of compassion and understanding. The man who is battling insanity as told in this story is a physician who knew what it was to be confined to a mental institution. He had been a successful practitioner when mounting tensions started him down the road toward ruin. How he came back is a story in itself. How he is helping others to come back is also a story that will stand by itself. The author has combined the two in a way that will give the reader entertainment and courage. This is the type of material of which movies are made, and

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