Mad to be Normal
In the 1960s, the Glasgow born R. D. Laing was probably the most well known psychiatrist in the world. His books, including The Divided Self, The Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise, and Sanity, Madness and the Family, became best-sellers and he lectured to huge audiences in America and throughout Europe. He was adored by radical students and grateful patients, and loathed by fellow psychiatrists in equal measure. He listened to patients and tried to see the world from their point of view. In the east end of London he established Kingsley Hall, a medication-free asylum for the psychotic, vulnerable and misunderstood, where there was no real distinction between doctors and patients. Mad to be Normal tells some of Laing's story.
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