Books: Drunkard's Progress

ASYLUM — William Seabrook — Ear-court, Brace ($2).

One December evening in 1933, William Buehler Seabrook, journalist, traveler, author of widely-read adventure stories (Adventures in Arabia, Jungle Ways}, succeeded in getting himself locked up in a large and well-run New York insane asylum. His ailment was acute alcoholism.

Discovering that big psychopathic institutions did not welcome dipsomaniacs, whose cure is long and uncertain, William Seabrook encountered legal and medical difficulties in entering the institution he had chosen.* But they were nothing compared with the difficulty of getting out again.

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