I plucked this 1958 book from an opportunity shop because of the title. The story is about Jack Ferguson MD, who started out life as a steel worker and a barman, then became a Doctor at the age of 40. He was a conflicted man who became addicted to barbiturates and was able to experiment on himself with new drugs that gave him insight into helping people confined in mental institutions. This is a non-fiction and truly remarkable story that explains the early trials of drugs like Ritalin and Serpasil. When the story documents patients, who have been effectively non-communicative zombies, and describes them emerging from decades of silence after a course of drugs and careful nursing, the legacy of this Doctor and pioneer becomes substantial. If you can find this book it will help you understand how behind many seemingly hopeless mental cases there are normal human beings trapped by a malfunctioning brain. The good news is there is a cure for many.
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