Q&A with Susannah Cahalan
Journalist Susannah Cahalan talked about her book, The Great Pretender: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness, about a 1973 experiment, led by Stanford psychologist David Rosenhan, conducted to test the legitimacy of psychiatric hospitals in America. For the experiment, Professor Rosenhan and seven other healthy individuals checked themselves into mental asylums claiming that they were experiencing hallucinations. Once inside, they acted normally and told doctors the hallucinations had subsided, but they were not allowed to leave until they admitted to having a mental illness and agreeing to take antipsychotic drugs to treat their conditions. Ms. Cahalan discussed the experiment and the impact the resulting study, “On Being Sane in Insane Places,” had on the psychiatric profession. close
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