Medicine: Crazy, Huh?

A psychiatrist in California believes that insanity is nothing but a breakdown in ability to communicate.*

In collaboration with British-born Anthropologist Gregory Bateson, Swiss-born Dr. Jurgen Ruesch has written Communication, the Social Matrix of Psychiatry (Norton; $4.50), in an attempt to tie insanity and psychiatry with communication engineering and other sciences (among them, cybernetics) into a single system. Samples from Ruesch's chapters:

"Interference with goal-directed behavior of an individual gives rise to the alarm reaction. If the interference can be successfully disposed of or avoided altogether, the alarm reaction will recede. However, frequently...

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