Excerpt from Chapter Five,
Woodmere to Woodlawn
Copyright 2004, Rev 2005, All Rights Reserved
It is quite natural for any professional to think of
themselves as the expert. The critical temptation
for those rightful experts is not to be open to other
Here you will read about one of those "other"
approaches to our common interest, the opinion of
the family of a patient.
Every professional can easily give examples of the
lay person's inadequate and inappropriate
responses related to their loved one's care.
This writer has worked with most professions
related to this subject, and I do understand the
frustration when lay persons do not understand
what is being done.
However, I have learned that all knowledge
doesn't flow from our professional text books and
that professional experience is not always the last
Every research project is either to confirm,
disprove, or expand our knowledge.
So this chapter is begun with a disclaimer that has
already been stated earlier in this book.
This writer might be considered as one of those
lay persons with inadequate understanding by
some standards. Technically, that is true when it
comes to background and training.
The difficulty here is that too often the professional doesn't want to eat at the same table, so to
speak, with the laity. Worse yet, is the loss of appetite when the nonprofessional brings a dish
to the table and the expert chooses not to partake. Sometimes that happens even if the lay
person brings the dessert.
In this chapter a lay person brings something very special and unique. I come now with the
special knowledge of a son who is responding to his father's illness. The hostages of Lebanon
all experienced the same event; however, a commentator quoted by Terry Anderson, remarked
about how different was their own story in their separate books. 91
So this writer will try very hard to share with you something that is uniquely mine. While I may
know all there is to know about mental illness and the care of patients, I do know something
about being a family member, the son of a person confined in custodial treatment and care for
(With that perspective in mind, I now examine my father's 40 some years of records in a State
Hospital and two nursing homes and critique the medical personnel and associates.)
WOODMERE TO WOODLAWN
From Evansville State Hospital to MacaNell Nursing Home,
to Sullivan Convalescent Center
A Critique of over forty years of medical records of his
father, "Pete" by his eldest son, "Gene."
THE FOLLOWING REPORT VALIDATES QUESTIONS RAISED IN THIS CRITIQUE.
( YESTERDAY'S STORY WITH LESSONS FOR TODAY)
Psychiatrists ponder Questions About the use Antipsychotic Medications. Follow the various discussions the many
links regarding medical treatment of the mentally ill.