That’s the book I picked up off the shelf while working in Memorial Library today. It’s an book of essays by psychiatrists about failure and suboptimal function, published in 1936. In the introduction I find:
We see what a heavy toll disorders of the mind exact from human happiness when we realize that of all the beds in all the hospitals throughout the United States one in every two is for mental disease; in other words, there are as many beds for mental ailments as for all other ailments put together.
That’s startling to me! Can it really have been so? What’s the proportion now?