By Stephen Seager
Psychiatrist Stephen Seager was once no stranger to locked psych wards whilst he authorized a task at California’s Gorman country medical institution, identified in the community as “Gomorrah,” yet not anything can have ready him for what he encountered while he stepped via its gates, a triple sally port in the back of the twenty-foot partitions crowned with shining coils of razor cord. Gorman kingdom is among the nation’s greatest forensic psychological hospitals, devoted to treating the criminally insane. Unit C, the place Seager used to be assigned, was once reserved for the “bad actors,” the mass murderers, serial killers, and the real-life Hannibal Lecters of the world.
Against a backdrop of surreal beauty—a verdant campus-like atmosphere the place peacocks strolled the grounds—is a spot of outstanding violence, a spot the place a small employees of clinicians are anticipated to regulate a risky inhabitants of prison-hardened ex-cons, the place lone therapists lead sharing circles with sociopaths, the place a bootleg underground economic system thrives, and the place sufferers and physicians frequently degree their lives in accordance with how briskly they could run. To move throughout the gates of Gomorrah is to go into a looking-glass international, the place the trimmings of the conventional calendar yr exist—Halloween dances and xmas events (complete with visits from Santa), springtime softball groups and basketball leagues, yet marked with paroxysms of brutality (Santa is going berserk), and peopled through figures from our nightmares.
Behind the Gates of Gomorrah gives an eye-opening glance within a facility to which few humans have ever had entry. sincere, rueful, and from time to time darkly humorous, Seager’s gripping account of his rookie yr blends memoir with a story technology, explaining either the aberrant brain and his personal, from time to time incomprehensible, choice to stay in a task with a perilously steep studying curve.
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