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By Therese Spitzer

It is an honour for me to be requested to give a contribution a foreword to the booklet of my buddies Therese and Ralph Spitzer. I received to grasp them in the course of an project as vacationing Professor on the collage of British Columbia at Vancouver, and i've shared to the entire the misery that involves all those that need to watch people who they love plagued by psychological disease in a single shape or one other. i've been an orientalist for under part my existence; for the 1st part i used to be a biochemist, embryologist, and experimental morphologist. "When I, a tender guy, was once referred to as to the bar" (as Gilbert & Sullivan have it), in different phrases, whilst within the early twenties i used to be beginning existence as a learn biochemist, i used to be drastically drawn to the biochemistry of psychological disorder. I the lectures for the degree in mental drugs, and labored on the Fulbourn psychological health facility close to Cambridge at the creatinine metabolism in catatonic sufferers being affected by what we used to name in these days dementia praecox. I released one paper (with T. J. McCarthy), yet my hopes quickly pale, and whilst I learn a superb assessment at the topic which coated a lot literature, and ended by way of announcing that biochemists had grown bored with "fishing in distilled water for the motives of psychological disease," I realised that I had greater locate whatever extra useful. Eggs and embryos have been the reply, and extremely valuable they were.

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He drove him home and then, said Eric: He dumped me! He told me, "Go get a job! The world doesn't owe you a living. " Eric's discharge from the hospital was conditional on his attending a group therapy session three times a week. In this group, according to Eric, the patients "tattled" on each other. A year later, Eric heard about the use of "nutrition and vitamins" and returned to Dr. Dennison to ask him to put him on this regimen. Dr. Dennison refused. Aiways the seeker, Eric found Dr. Villers through a member of the National Schizophrenia Association.

In a specialty one always imagines to be characterized by sensitivity, empathy, and compassion for the sufferer, it is alarming to see how many incidents in Greta's and Dorothy's stories are based on the humiliation and debasement of the patient. In particular, Greta's story of her own humiliation as the interns discussed her suitability as a wife is extremely poignant. Equally disturbing is the evident suggestibility ofthe young medical students, who entered all too easily into the demeaning and insensitive spirit of the attending psychiatrist's suggestion.

Every patient acquires this type of behavior to some degree and finds that it is unacceptable 32 Psychobattery to people who've never been part of the psychiatric world. There have been times, to my embarrassment, that I've heard myself spouting off psychiatric put-

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