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Unformatted text preview: mobility. It is likely that social class contributes more to mental disorder than mental disorder contributes to social class. On Being Sane in Insane Places "If sanity and insanity exist, how shall we know them?" David Rosenhan decided to answer this question by having eight normal or "sane" persons including, himself, gain "secret admission" to 12 different mental hospitals around the country complaining of hearing hallucinatory voices. All were admitted with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, except one, which was diagnosed as a manic-depressive. All were released with a diagnosis of "in remission," without signs of mental illness. Rosenhan's conclusion is that psychiatry "cannot distinguish the sane from the insane." For Rosenhan, the fact that no one detected the pseudo patients as "sane" and they were released with a diagnosis of "in remission" was significant; this means that in the judgment of the hospital, they were neither sane, nor had they been sane at any time....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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