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Gracefully Insane by Alex Beam
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bookshelves: historical-nonfiction
Recommended for: dabblers in psychology/psychiatry
Read in August, 2004

Fascinating and slightly disturbing history of McLean's Hospital in Belmont, once home to James Taylor, Ray Charles, Susanna Kaysen and Sylvia Plath, and within walking distance of my own home! Read it and see just how far psychiatry has come, and how McLean's patients lived an alternate reality.
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message 1: by DJ (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:14AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

DJ Wow! You live down the street from there?! Amazing! It was a really good book, and I would love to play tourist! As long as I don't get attacked or anything. ;)


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