On being sane in insane places

  title={On being sane in insane places},
  author={David L. Rosenhan},
  journal={Clinical Social Work Journal},
  • D. Rosenhan
  • Published 1973
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Clinical Social Work Journal
It is clear that we cannot distinguish the sane from the insane in psychiatric hospitals. The hospital itself imposes a special environment in which the meanings of behavior can easily be misunderstood. The consequences to patients hospitalized in such an environment-the powerlessness, depersonalization, segregation, mortification, and self-labeling-seem undoubtedly countertherapeutic. I do not, even now, understand this problem well enough to perceive solutions. But two matters seem to have… Expand
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