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May 9, 1908

A Mind That Found Itself, An Autobiography.

JAMA. 1908;L(19):1546. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530450056018

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We have read many books that were real or alleged chronicles of insanity and asylum experiences, but none like this— a faithful and graphic record by the patient himself of the inner workings of his own disordered mind, and also of the outward circumstances and places of abode in which he dwelt while alienated from himself.

The book is one that challenges attention. In the first place, it is a literary performance of a very high order. It is equally remarkable that it should have been written so well, and that it should have been written at all. Again, it is an exploration of human life in regions strange and unfamiliar, yet fascinating—near at hand, yet far away. It depicts, with vivid lights and shadows a malady whose sufferings and sorrows are the deepest that life can bring, and which appeals strongly to the universal mind and heart in its

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