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Susannah Cahalan with Shaili Jain

  • Kepler's Books 1010 El Camino Real` Menlo Park United States (map)

From the bestselling author of Brain on Fire, comes one of the most anticipated books of 2019 - The Great Pretender. Come hear Susannah Cahalan, the woman NPR calls "one of America's most courageous young journalists, talk about a 1970s mental health experiment like no other.

In 1973, a charismatic doctor convinced eight healthy people to commit themselves to mental hospitals. This included a Stanford psychologist named David Rosenhan and seven other well-adjusted members of society.

Their task was to go undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels, and they had to prove their sanity to be set free.

"The Great Pretender is a tight, propulsive, true-life detective story which somehow also doubles as a sweeping history of our broken mental health-care system. Cahalan herself has experienced this system as both a patient and a reporter, and her background informs every fascinating page of this dogged investigative odyssey."― Luke Dittrich, New York Times bestselling author of Patient H.M.

Cahalan will be joined by Dr. Shaili Jain, a psychiatrist, researcher, author and PTSD specialist who currently serves as the Medical Director for Integrated Care at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System.

Photo of Susannah Cahalan by Shannon Taggart.