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Mental Hospitals

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Mental Hospitals

Mental Hospitals

Mental Hospitals

Only Available in Archive Formats.


Guests:

Alex Beam
* Author of Gracefully Insane
* Boston Globe Reporter

Mary Lou Sudders
* Mental Health commissioner for Massachusetts

Dr. Alan Siegel
* Psychiatrist at Cambridge Hospital (public)

When most of us hear the phrase "mental hospital" we think of the usual euphimisms — funny farm, nut house — or the hollywood images of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest or Girl, Interrupted but what do we really know about these institutions? Writer Alex Beam's new book Gracefully Insane chronicles the life and times of Massachusetts' tony McLean hospital which has ministered to the likes of James Taylor, and poets Robert Lowell and Anne Sexton. Join host Neal Conan, Alex Beam and others from the world of mental health advocacy as they discuss the past and future of the American mental hospital.