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On Being Sane in Insane Places: An Investigation and Insider's View into the Rosenhan Experiment


In the 1970s a distinguished Stanford University psychologist named David Rosenhan organized a study – “On Being Sane in Insane Places” – where he and seven other people went undercover and had themselves committed to asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry’s labels. Almost 50 years later, New York Times #1 bestselling author Susannah Cahalan investigates this experiment in her newly published book THE GREAT PRETENDER, including what really happened behind those closed asylum doors, and what it means for our understanding of mental illness today. In this live recording, Susannah Cahlan and SPH Professor Harry Lando discuss Cahalan’s findings around the controversial ‘Rosenhan Experiment’ and Lando’s surprising connection to the experiment as the ninth “pseudo-patient.”

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