Books: Guest at the Games

SAVAGE SLEEP by Millen Brand. 465 pages. Crown. $6.95.

Millen Brand is like an English major who minored in psychology and never feels quite sure that it shouldn't have been the other way around. Author of The Outward Room and coauthor of the screenplay for The Snake Pit, he has served long enough as a psychiatric aide to become vocationally confused about his main role as a journeyman novelist. Brand's raw material— case histories detailing the unorthodox treatment of psychotics in the late 1940s— obsesses him at the expense of his craft. Anything approaching the tragic finally escapes him, but in...