Medicine: One Man's Madness

"Is this man mad?" asked State of Mind (a new publication by the Ciba pharmaceutical company) in connection with this case history:

"All through childhood, K. was extremely meditative, usually preferred to be alone. He often had mysterious dreams and fits, during which he sometimes fainted. In late puberty, K. experienced elaborate auditory and visual hallucinations, uttered incoherent words, and had recurrent spells of sudden coma. He was frequently found running wildly through the countryside eating the bark of trees, and was known to throw himself into fire and water. K. believed he could 'talk to spirits' and 'chase ghosts.' "

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