One-legged Frank Scully, who wrote Fun in Bed after 20 operations and many years in hospitals, ran for California's State Assembly in 1938 on the slogan, "Out of the Gully with Candidate Scully." Though defeated, he got as reward for supporting Governor Culbert Olson the job of administrative assistant and secretary in the Department of Institutions. His boss was Director Aaron Rosanoff, well-known psychiatrist.

Not fun but deplorable conditions Scully said he found in his new Job. Without consulting his superior he began to correct them. Said he: "When there is a...

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