Medicine: Semi-Suicides

X came of a good family, fairly well-to-do. He had two older brothers, both successful and normal. In school, X showed himself fairly bright, but lost interest in his studies, took to playing hookey, running away from home. He seemed indifferent to reproaches and punishment. As he grew older, he started to drink—not with friends, but in low dives or, more frequently, alone in the woods and fields. His father got him a job in a store. For three days all went well. On the fourtli day X showed up glassy-eyed, leeringly insulted several...

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