Medicine: Marilyn's New Role

Norma Jean Mortenson is only 34, but she can well remember the revulsion that used to be the almost universal reaction to ills of the mind. Her mother was in and out of mental hospitals, and Norma Jean was made to feel deeply ashamed of it. Now psychiatrists campaign to persuade the public to drop the word insanity and call it "mental illness," and to regard it as no more of a reflection on the patient than heart disease. But not all of the public is yet ready to accept this view.

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