Virtual Book Club on Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 6:00 pm
The April Boneyard Bookworm selection is The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan
Doctors have struggled for centuries to define insanity–how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people–sane, healthy, well-adjusted members of society–went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry’s labels. Forced to remain inside until they’d “proven” themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment. Rosenhan’s watershed study broke open the field of psychiatry, closing down institutions and changing mental health diagnosis forever.
But, as Cahalan’s explosive new research shows in this real-life detective story, very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. What really happened behind those closed asylum doors?
The discussion will take place on Thursday, April 29, 2021, at 6:00 pm, virtually through a Zoom meeting. A What to Expect email will be sent to all ticket holders before the program starts with information on how to log in.
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