America started a grand experiment in the 1960s: deinstitutionalization of the mentally ill. The consequences were very destructive: homelessness; a degradation of urban life; increases in violent crime rates; increasing death rates for the mentally ill. My Brother Ron tells the story of deinstitutionalization from two points of view: what happened to the author's older brother, part of the first generation of those who became mentally ill after deinstitutionalization, and a detailed history of how and why America went down this path.
|Publisher:||Clayton E. Cramer|
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About the Author
Clayton E. Cramer teaches history at the College of Western Idaho and works as a software engineer. His work has been cited in two U.S. Supreme Court cases, as well as numerous decisions of the lower courts.
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My Brother Ron: A Personal and Social History of the Deinstitutionalization of the Mentally Ill based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
It's not a topic you'd immediately think would hold much interest - a history of how the US has handled mental illness over its history, and the reasons and effects of the post-sixties deinstitutionalization craze. But you'd be surprised. It's well written, well researched, and help together by reminiscences of the authors own experiences dealing with mental illness in his own family.