Radio: Sedative

Even the mentally ill feel television's hypnotic spell. Indiana State Prison has already reported that television 1) has a calming effect on its mental-case prisoners, and 2) results in a saving on sedatives. Last week, in rural Amityville, N.Y., Dr. George E. Carlin installed five television sets for his mental patients at Louden-Knickerbocker Hall, a 63-year-old private sanatorium. Said Owner John F. Louden: "We're using TV as a form of occupational therapy, to take the patients' minds off themselves and to let them live nearer to a normal life."

All patients except the "acutely disturbed" will see the nightly programs. As a...

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