Susannah's book is about an experiment undertaken by Stanford Professor of Psychology, David Rosenhan, back in 1973. "Rosenhan's work demonstrated that staff working at psychiatric hospitals, including psychiatrists, could be easily misled to diagnose schizophrenia when individuals were perfectly sane and reported the mistreatment of patients in these facilities." Susannah talks about the experiment and gives her opinion on how it was conducted. David's article was published back then in the magazine Science.
So here's the personal connection. We have very close friends, Steve and Diane, who live in NY. Steve's niece, Sheri, lives in the Bay Area. We see Sheri and her husband, Jack, socially. Jack's last name you ask? Yep, it's Rosenhan. Jack's father was David, the subject of The Great Pretender. When we found out about this event, it was a no brainer. We just wanted to be there.
Here are a whole bunch of pictures:
Susannah is on the right.
the Kepler's employee who emceed
Jack Rosenhan, David's son