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The Snake Pit
The Snake Pit
Author: Mary Jane Ward
DARK JOURNEY — The Snake Pit is the fearless and probing novel of life in a state hospital. It is the story of a young woman's mental breakdown and her tortuous recovery with the help of a devoted husband and a dedicated psychiatrist. It is a story of violent emotions and heartbreaking struggle -- a revealing triumph of the human spirit over cr...  more »
ISBN: 34594
Pages: 192

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Publisher: Signet/The New American Library
Book Type: Paperback
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This book was published in 1946 and was later made into a movie starring Olivia deHaviland. It is fiction, but... it is interesting to note that conditions in state hospitals haven't changed much in 60 years. If you are interested in mental health issues, this should be part of your library. It never names her disease, but it's clear it's schizophrenia and it's an interesting look from a patient's perspective. Makes me wonder about the author. Anyway...highly recommended.