Books: Five American Families

PATHWAYS TO MADNESS by JULES HENRY 477 pages. Random House. $10. Paperback $2.95.

How do people go crazy?

It is a question that seems to obsess the 20th century. Staring into the glassy eyes of the madman, just what does one see reflected? An empty room? A fellow sufferer? The family circle, crowding close? An entire culture? Students of mind seem to have learned from students of matter that the smashed atom will reveal astonishing forces lurking within the normal.

The century was fairly launched by Freud's probing of those psychic forces....

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