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Gracefully Insane by Alex Beam
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Aug 09, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: psychology, true-stories, history
Read from August 09 to 11, 2011

Fantastic read. This read like fiction and I couldn't put it down. BUT, unfortunately, there were problems with it. A lot of times, I wanted to know the year something was happening and it wasn't included. Sometimes the year was included for certain events and sometimes it wasn't. I found myself flipping back a couple pages to try to find a date, thinking I missed it. It was also a little jumpy. Some facts were repeated in later chapters and it didn't seem like they needed to be. The fame of many patients makes the whole history even more interesting. Overall, a great book, as long as you can overlook some of the editorial issues, which was easy for me to do.

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Stephanie Great history of McLean Hospital.

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