Books: Lost & Found

A MIND MISLAID—Henry Collins Brown—Dutton ($2).

The solemn, you-may-be-next propaganda of psychiatry has pretty well trained the public, the hard-boiled included, not to make jokes about the insane. The theme of A Mind Mislaid is that the public has been overtrained, now takes mental illness much too seriously. A nervous breakdown, says 75-year-old Author Brown, is no worse than typhoid fever or double pneumonia. In the genial, conversational vein of his entertaining miscellanies of 19th Century New York history he now offers a relaxing account of his own three-year stay in famed...