Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mental illness

Dr. Theodore Rubin wrote an autobiographical account of his years of residency at a NY State Mental Hospital, entitled "SHRINK" and he states there that one is safer in the halls of that hospital than one is in the streets, for the most part... although he relates an anecdote about a doctor who was describing to interns in a flippant manner the nature of a group of catatonic patients, and he was waving a finger in front of the face of one patient and SUDDENLY that patient bit the doctor's finger completely off... suggesting that though cataonic, the patients had some awareness of what was being said and had sufficient feeling to feel affronted.

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