The Rise and Fall of America's Premier Mental Hospital
By Alex Beam
(PublicAffairs, Paperback, 9781586481612, 296pp.)
Publication Date: January 2003
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An entertaining and poignant social history of McLean Hospital--temporary home to many of the troubled geniuses of our age--and of the evolution of the treatment of mental illness from the early 19th century to today
Alex Beam is a columnist for the Boston Globe and the author of two novels. He has also written for the Atlantic Monthly, Slate and Forbes/FYI. He lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and three sons.