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Sender: Ezra Pound discussion list of the University of Maine <[log in to unmask]>
From: Robert Kibler <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 1998 11:42:51 -0500
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FYI: In Wray Herbert's article in the August 10 edition of Newsweek, entitled "Fearsome Madness: Schizophrenia remains frustratingly hard to conrtol," Herbert quotes E. Fuller Torrey, a contemporary critic of the "mental health care establishment" and "former government psychiatrist," as saying that the transformation of the mental health programs in America from treatment within institutions to treatment performed through outreach programs and community clinics was a "naive" one.  Apparently, Torrey has been working with the Treatment Advocacy Center to create laws stipulating that patient release from hospitals be contingent on patients keeping their appointments and taking their medications.
    Anyway, this must be the E. Fuller Torrey who wrote "The Roots of Treason," about Pound's good life at St Elisabeths.  I never hear anything about Torrey's book--he seems generally unread--but I found it plausible and well researched.  Any other opinions on the work out there?
"This world is but a single dewdrop, set 
trembling upon a stem ;  and yet . . . and yet . . ."
                                              from "The Autumn Cricket,"  
                                             15th cent. Japanese Noh play
Robert E. Kibler, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Arts
Valley City State University
Valley City, North Dakota
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