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The Autobiography Of A Quack
by S. Weir Mitchell
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Part One is an introduction of myself describing my first 40 years starting with the suicide of my mother, continuing with a life supported by a loving father (and a troubled stepmother), going on to choosing the wrong profession and an inappropriate wife ending in divorce but blissful single hood.
Part Two presents psychotic madness and the struggle of the mind to maintain control of the self in an environment where distrust of misdiagnosing doctors, prevail. It shows how reality and imagination are mixed together resulting in fascinating but often dangerous situations. Amateurish theories about the anatomy of the brain and characteristics of the nervous system, and what causes homosexuality are shared.
In Part Three, resolutions of major issues occur. The psychotic illness comes under control. A mutually healthy relationship with a beautiful and intelligent woman is established. A more suitable profession is identified. A support network is built. Basically, a harmonious person emerges.
About the Author
The Author is born in Sweden by an American mother and a Swedish Father. He grew up overseasmainly in Holland, Ecuador, and Argentina. He studied Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and subsequently worked for telecommunication firms in Sweden, Saudi Arabia, the US, and Denmark.
At the age of about 40, he was afflicted with a mental disorder that took 9 years to come to grips with. He would like to work as a psychologist the remaining years of his professional life. He currently lives in Denmark. He has no family of his own but many friends and a brother and sister in Stockholm, Sweden. His father lives within a ten-minute drive.
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