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Asylum

Un libro in lingua di Callaway Enoch M.D. edito da Greenwood Pub Group, 2007

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Meet Sam, the man troopers brought in because he was standing at the center of the turnpike, directing traffic, claiming to be "God's police chief on earth." And Mary, a middle-aged women so obsessed with clean hands she has rubbed her palms raw and bloody. Then, too, there is Dr. Hudson Hoagland, who uses an ant farm and peppermint oil to illustrate the ancient roots of society's hostility toward schizophrenics. They are all at Worcester State Hospital, the first state insane asylum established in this nation, and the topic of Dr. Enoch Calloway's fascinating, fast-moving book about this facility that served as a model for others established later in the United States. Now a respected psychiatrist for more than 50 years, Callaway shows us with compassion and sometimes humor how the now historic mental hospital--where psychiatrists lived with the patients--was unique. The stories here are more than educational in a traditional sense; they also instruct us on the humanity of the mentally ill--and their physicians.

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