Upstairs at Murray's: Susannah Cahalan - "The Great Pretender"

Event date: 
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Murray's Cafe
73 Broadway
Tivoli, NY 12583


From "one of America's most courageous young journalists" (NPR) and author of the New York Times bestselling "Brain on Fire," comes THE GREAT PRETENDER: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness - a propulsive narrative history investigating the 50-year-old mystery behind a dramatic experiment that changed the course of modern medicine.

Susannah CahalanThe Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan

For centuries, doctors have struggled to define mental illness--how do you diagnose it, how do you treat it, how do you even know what it is? In search of an answer, in the 1970s a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other people--sane, normal, well-adjusted members of society--went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. Forced to remain inside until they'd "proven" themselves sane, all eight emerged with alarming diagnoses and even more troubling stories of their treatment.

Susannah Cahalan is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of BRAIN ON FIRE: My Month of Madness, a memoir about her struggle with a rare autoimmune disease of the brain. She writes for the New York Post. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, Scientific American Magazine, Glamour, Psychology Today, and other publications.

Tickets: $10*

*Ticket price can be applied in full towards the purchase of THE GREAT PRETENDER at the event. (Limit one ticket per book purchased.) 


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ISBN: 9781451621389
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 6th, 2013