Suspicious Minds, By Joel Gold and Ian Gold

January 6, 2015 3:28 PM

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Suspicious Minds, By Joel Gold and Ian Gold

When I was a medical student on an arranged rotation in England I spent two weeks living in a mental hospital outside of London. Day in and day out I lived among the patients, took my meals with them, played cards with them, watched TV with them -- though I slept in a small room separate from the wards.

I had almost no experience with mental illness. It was all amazing and confusing to me, especially how many of the patients had such crazy ideas, which they were often eager to share with this American novice. One woman, in her 30s, let's call her Kathleen Biggs, had elaborate ideas about how she ha...

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