'A Man Against Insanity' Book Launch

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    Mission Point Press is hosting a book launch event for "A Man Against Insanity" at Kirkbride Hall, on the grounds of the former Traverse City State Hospital.

    Please join us for this free event on Sunday, January 27th. Doors open at 6 PM with the event scheduled to begin at 7 PM. We'll have a panel discussion that will include former employees of the State Hospital, as well as family members of former patients. Books will be available for purchase.

    In this book, originally published in 1957, author Paul de Kruif tells the story of Dr. Jack Ferguson, a family physician who originally made a name for himself by perfecting a three-minute lobotomy. In 1954, he arrived in Traverse City, Michigan, ready to perform 500 lobotomies on the so-called incurably insane. Yet he never got around to even the first one. Instead, using an unscientific combination of chemicals, copious notes, and loving attention, he began one of the boldest drug therapy experiments ever attempted in a mental institution, helping to reshape how the mentally ill are treated in this country and abroad.